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April 13, 2016. Earth / Earth’s Legacy

5 Benefits Of The World Heritage List

Many of the world’s most iconic places are protected —or at least better protected— thanks to the World Heritage Convention

Cyril F. Kormos, Tim Badman, Russell A. Mittermeier, Bastian Bertzky

Many of the world’s most iconic places are protected —or at least better protected— thanks to the World Heritage Convention.  In fact, many sites start benefiting from better protection from the moment they are nominated for World Heritage status, and well before they are added to the World Heritage List.

For example, governments have on numerous occasions canceled exploratory permits for mining or oil and gas extraction that could impact a proposed World Heritage Site, or have expanded an existing park’s boundaries, sometimes substantially, to strengthen a World Heritage nomination.

Once added to the World Heritage List a site gets the following benefits:

  1. Enhanced management, including drafting or improving management plans.
  2. Adding and training new staff.
  3. Integrating the park more harmoniously into the broader landscape.
  4. Government’s commitment about the site and the Convention.
  5. Responsible tourism.

World Heritage status is therefore a strong catalyst for better protection and management.  At a time when the global biodiversity and climate-change crises not only continue unabated but are in fact accelerating, World Heritage Sites represent an international standard that constantly reminds us of the wonder and uniqueness of our living planet and our duty to preserve it.

 

This is an excerpt from the CEMEX Nature Series Book Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage (2015)

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Earth’s Legacy

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