We hear a lot about sustainable travel these days — that was one of the questions that came up in our last interview, in fact, how do we contribute to sustainable travel? — and our answer was why the entire concept of planning your travels around World Heritage Sites is contributing to sustainability, because to be listed as a World Heritage Site a conservation management plan must be in place, which is the only supranational oversight of conservation management of tourist management site that exists!
And as it happens, the latest issue of World Heritage is devoted to examining specific instances of how that philosophy has indeed worked out as it should:
The World Heritage Convention is a legal tool. In adhering to it, countries commit to protect heritage within their borders and to refrain from any deliberate measures that might damage directly or indirectly the cultural and natural heritage of the territory of other States Parties to this Convention.
The true measure of the Convention is the effectiveness of its implementation. It is the concrete results that matter, for the sites and for the people who live in or near them. When there are positive results at one World Heritage property, all countries that are party to the Convention can benefit from this success.
In this issue, we look at specific cases of actions at World Heritage sites that have benefited and improved their state of conservation. We start with Abu Simbel (Egypt) in the 1950s, and how the safeguarding campaign to protect it led to the birth of the World Heritage Convention; and Angkor (Cambodia), which celebrates 25 years of conservation since its inscription on the World Heritage List, with more than 60 projects completed thanks to contributions from more than 20 countries.
Comoé National Park (Côte d’Ivoire), one of the largest protected areas in West Africa, was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2003, following the outbreak of civil conflict in the country. After concerted and coordinated actions of the State Party and its strategic, technical and financial partners, it was finally removed from this List at the 41st session of the Committee in Krakow, Poland in 2017.
The recent victory of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which after ten years on the List of World Heritage in Danger was finally removed from it, was much celebrated at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Manama, Bahrain in July 2018. This was made possible by a strong and collaborative effort involving government, civil society and the scientific community, as well as the World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies and the Committee with its decision-making power…
p dir=”ltr”>Check it all out — direct link to the English version here — always good to read some good news to start your day out with, and here’s a full helping of it for you!