Climate Change Puts Red Sox' Fenway Park at Risk
Environmental News Service
October 30, 2013
Boston's 101-year-old Fenway Park - where the World Series was won by the Boston Red Sox tonight for the first time since 1918 - is at increased risk of flooding due to climate change, warns the National Wildlife Federation.

Managing Marine World Heritage: Our Crown Jewels of the Ocean
October 17, 2013
The World Heritage Convention was founded in 1972 on the premise that certain places on our planet - cultural or natural -- should be recognized as having "outstanding universal value" and should be safeguarded as legacies for all humankind. In 1981 the Great Barrier Reef became the first marine site to be listed. Other marine sites followed rapidly, in recognition of the fact that the earth's oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet and contain about 97 percent of the planet's living space. Half of the world's seven billion people depend on the oceans for food, trade, and energy.

Essay on World Heritage
Friends of World Heritage
June 27, 2013
World Heritage represents great places that have a special significance for humanity. These are areas which are an embodiment of beauty, mystery, grandeur and wonder. They may be natural treasures of the planet such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and The Dolomites in Italy or man-made cultural marvels such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India, the Acropolis in Greece, the Grand Canyon in the USA and the Pyramids of Egypt.

International mission to investigate gorilla killings
Environmental News Service
August 10, 2007
group of experts from UNESCO and the World Conservation Union, IUCN, has been invited into the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate the slaughter of four mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park last month. They leave Paris Saturday on a 10 day mission to the central African country.

Virunga National Park: 4 More Gorillas Slaughtered
July 27, 2007
The death toll continues to rise in Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo), where three females and one male silverback gorilla were shot and killed in the southern sector of the Park during the night of 22 July.

In Eastern Congo Oasis, Blood Amid the Greenery
The Washington Post
July 22, 2007
They heard the gunshots around 3 p.m., at least two pops that echoed across the green mountains of this vast park tangled up in vines, fallen trees and years of war. The park rangers knew immediately what it was, they said, and in their frayed uniforms and rubber boots, they began hacking their way with machetes into the jungle-like forest. This time, it was Rubiga. The rare mountain gorilla had been shot execution-style -- once in the back of the head and a second time in the hand. When the rangers found her hulking, lifeless body, her 2-month-old baby, barely alive, was still clinging to her chest.

Campaign launched for World Heritage Sites
Breaking Travel News
July 19, 2007
Friends of World Heritage, Expedia and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is launching the ‘I Am a Responsible Traveler’ campaign to encourage individuals to undertake a series of easy steps to reduce their traveling footprint and enhance their experiences when visiting World Heritage sites.

Travelers Urged to Add Responsible Travel to the Their Vacation To-Do List
July 17, 2007
Friends of World Heritage, Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, announced the launch of the ‘I Am a Responsible Traveler’ campaign to encourage individuals to undertake a series of easy steps to reduce their traveling footprint and enhance their experiences when visiting World Heritage sites.

Too Much of a Good Thing
The Globe and Mail
July 7, 2007
With international visits hitting record numbers and a worldwide campaign to name the New 7 Wonders of the World, ancient and popular monuments are being overwhelmed, writes Matthew Trevisan. So what's a traveller to do?

Twenty-two new sites inscribed on World Heritage list, and one deleted
June 29, 2007
The World Heritage Committee inscribed 22 new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its ongoing session in Christchurch. The new inscriptions include 16 cultural, five natural and one mixed, cultural and natural property.

Natural sites in Madagascar, China and Korea inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List
June 27, 2007
The inscription of the new Atsinanana World Heritage site in Madagascar is a milestone for UNESCO and UN Foundation efforts to build capacity to create and manage national parks in one of the world’s most biodiverse islands.

Galápagos and Niokolo-Koba National Park inscribed as sites in danger
June 26, 2007
The World Heritage Committee today inscribed the Galápagos (Ecuador), and Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger with a view to mobilizing support for their conservation.

Florida Everglades and Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve removed from danger list
June 24, 2007
The World Heritage Committee has decided that improvements in the preservation of the Everglades National Park (Florida, USA) and Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) were sufficient to remove both UNESCO World Heritage site from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Galapagos may get 'in danger' listing
New York Times/Associated Press
June 22, 2007
Ecuador says tourism is threatening the Galapagos Islands and has asked UNESCO to add the habitat that inspired the theory of evolution to its endangered list, the culture agency said Friday.

UNESCO adds 38 items to cultural list
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)/Agence France-Presse
June 20, 2007
Records from the trial of Nelson Mandela, a medieval French tapestry, a millennium-old Iranian epic and the Hollywood movie The Wizard of Oz are among 38 new items on a Unesco cultural heritage list, the body said on Tuesday.

World's heritage sites face new threat: climate change
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2007
Global climate change has joined the roster of wars, urban sprawl, uncontrolled tourism and the pressures of economic development as the newest and perhaps most daunting threat to historic sites everywhere, according to the World Monuments Fund, which released its 2008 Watch List of the 100 most endangered sites Wednesday.

In Pictures: Gorilla Guardians
June 6, 2007

The UN Foundation and UNESCO World Heritage Centre have worked to support park guards in the Democratic Republic of Congo for years

World Environment Day message to stress critical links between climate change and biodiversity
Pakistan News Service
June 6, 2007
Equator Prize winners reflect that importance in their work combining conservation with sustainable livelihoods.

Torrential landslide at the Kamchatka Volcanoes World Heritage Site
June 4, 2007
The World Heritage Centre expresses its deep concern after a torrential landslide of snow, mud, stones, trees and vegetation at the Geyser Valley in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka World Heritage site.

Committee to Review 45 Candidates for Inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List
June 1, 2007
The World Heritage Committee will consider requests for the inscription of 45 new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List when it meets for its 31st session in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 23 June to 2 July.

World's Most Endangered Destinations
May 30, 2007
Drop that pencil--it may be time to throw away your travel wish list. That's because the spots you plan to visit may not be there by the time you get around to booking your flight.

Equator Prize Celebrates Sustainable Development
Timothy E. Wirth Statement
May 24, 2007
The vital link between healthy, biologically diverse environments and the creation of sustainable livelihoods was highlighted at United Nations headquarters this week with the announcement of the 25 finalists for the Equator Prize.

Friends of World Heritage Photo Contest Winners Announced!
May 21, 2007
Friends of World Heritage, a grassroots initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures, announced today the winners of the first-ever Friends of World Heritage Photo Contest.

Director-General urges systematic measures to end poaching and killing of endangered animals in Democratic Republic of Congo World Heritage Sites
April 26, 2007
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has written to Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and to Jean-Marie Guehenno, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, asking for measures to stop the poaching and killing of endangered animals in the five World Heritage sites of the DRC.

UN Foundation announces "Friends of World Heritage" Photo Contest judges
April 24, 2007
Friends of World Heritage announced today the panel of judges for its inaugural World Heritage Photo Contest in which travelers’ photos capture a moment to help preserve World Heritage sites for a lifetime.

Climate change threatens UNESCO World Heritage sites
April 10, 2007

UNESCO publishes a report outlining the threats posed by climate change to natural and cultural World Heritage sites: "Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage"


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For more than 30 years, UNESCO and its partners have worked through the World Heritage Centre to identify, assess and protect places of outstanding universal value. To date, 184 countries have adhered to the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, making it one of the most universal international legal instruments for the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Whilst fully respecting the national sovereignty, the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention recognize that the protection of our World Heritage is the duty of the international community as a whole. There are currently 851 properties including 660 cultural, 166 natural and 25 mixed properties in 184 countries.

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