Industrial activity such as mining and logging threatens almost half of the world's natural World Heritage sites, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday. It urged companies to obey U.N. appeals to declare all heritage sites "no go" areas for oil and gas exploration, mines, unsustainable timber production and over-fishing. A total of 114 World Heritage sites out of 229 worldwide that are prized for nature or a mixture of nature and culture were under threat, according to the study by WWF and Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a U.S.-based consultancy. "This is staggering. We're trying to raise a flag here," Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, told Reuters. "We're not opposing development, we're opposing badly planned development." The WWF findings are far higher than the 18 natural sites listed as "in danger", a more severe condition, by the World Heritage Committee of the … [Read more...] about Half of natural World Heritage sites at risk from industry: WWF
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On Aril 14, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her relief at the news that the reconstruction of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda) is feasible, following its near-destruction by fire on 16 March. "I am glad to report that an expert mission confirms the feasibility of this unique World Heritage site's reconstruction. UNESCO will do everything in its power to help the Ugandan authorities mobilise the resources needed to bring this site back to life and to ensure its future safeguarding. We are already activating emergency funds for this purpose," she said. The expert mission was sent by the Director-General at the request of the government of Uganda. Only the walls and some of the frame of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga - the building that housed the four royal tombs - still stand, but they have been seriously weakened. Situated on the Kasubi Hill, five kilometres from the Kampala city centre, the building was thatched with dry grass and wood which burned in the fire. … [Read more...] about UNESCO recommends reconstruction of Ugandan World Heritage Site
SEATTLE, WA - Ultra-luxury, small-ship cruise operator Seabourn has signed an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a unique alliance to help protect World Heritage. For Seabourn's guests, this alliance means that their travels on Seabourn's intimate, all-suite ships will be enhanced by deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. Speakers with special knowledge about World Heritage will sail on Seabourn's ships as a part of the line's Seabourn Conversations enrichment and entertainment program. In addition, fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites will include a small donation to UNESCO's World Heritage Fund. The company will also create special World Heritage Discovery Tours at a number of ports worldwide, with exclusive enhanced content on World Heritage. "Seabourn is proud to be partnering with UNESCO to promote and … [Read more...] about Seabourn joins UNESCO in new alliance for World Heritage sites
(Cinet)- Trang An recognised as world mixed heritage site on June 23, Vietnam has eight heritage sites recognised by the UNESCO’ World Heritage Committee including 05 cultural heritage sites, 02 natural sites and 01 mixed heritage site. Complex of Hue Monuments The Complex of Hue Monuments, which is located in Vietnam’s central city of Hue, became the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1993. Besides its cultural, religious and political values, the complex, which was built during the Nguyen Dynasty from the early 19th to the mid-20th century, is well-known for its sophisticated architecture and structure which represent the five cardinal points: center, west, east, north, and south; the five natural elements: earth, metal, wood, water, and fire; and the five colors yellow, white, blue, black, and red. The Complex of Hue Monuments, which occupies a total area of over 500 hectares, comprises four citadels including Kinh Thanh (Capital City), Hoang … [Read more...] about Gazing on the beauty of eight World Heritage Sites in Vietnam
The Hanoitimes - Billions of US dollars of foreign investment in projects related to the 18 World Heritage sites in Vietnam seem to be "forgotten". "Economically, having up to 18 world heritage sites is a great opportunity for Vietnam to attract many more billions of US dollars from foreign investors". Many foreign experts at economic forums held in Vietnam have said so. Most of the World Heritage sites are located in North and Central Vietnam. In the economic development triangle of Hanoi - Quang Ninh - Hai Phong, there are up to five sites, including: Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh with two times honored as world heritage by the UNESCO; Thang Long Royal Citadel in Hanoi; Ca Tru singing; stone steles of the Le Dynasty scholars; and the St. Giong Festival. In Hai Phong, Cat Ba island has been recognized by UNESCO as the world biosphere reserve in 2004 and was recently submitted for consideration as a World Natural Heritage site. In the northern region, the world heritage density has … [Read more...] about 18 world heritage sites: Vietnam “losing” billions of dollars?