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World Heritage
Benefits Beyond Borders


  • Editor: Amareswar Galla, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Irina Bokova
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107610750

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  • Published on the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, this thematic collection of case studies provides a thorough understanding of World Heritage sites and their Outstanding Universal Value in the context of sustainable development. The case studies describe twenty-six thematically, typologically and regionally diverse World Heritage sites illustrating their benefits to local communities and ecosystems and sharing the lessons learned with the diverse range of stakeholders involved. The volume emphasises a holistic and integrated view of World Heritage, linking it to the role local communities play in management and protection, and to issues of ecosystem sustainability, and the maintenance of biological, linguistic and cultural diversity. Cross-disciplinary in its scope, this book will provide a meeting point for researchers, practitioners, community representatives and the wider public and will promote cultural and natural heritage conservation as a key vector of sustainable development and social cohesion.

    • Emphasises an integrated view of World Heritage, raising awareness of the benefits to local communities and their role in safeguarding sites
    • Cross-disciplinary scope brings together natural and social scientists, researchers and practitioners, professionals and community representatives
    • Complements the existing literature on World Heritage, which focuses on specific types of sites or specific issues
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    'There is plenty of solid evidence presented here to justify the conclusion that World Heritage has become a vehicle for sustainable development.' David Harmon, Biological Conservation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610750
    • length: 376 pages
    • copublisher: UNESCO
    • dimensions: 246 x 191 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 217 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova
    List of acronyms
    Part I. Bridging Nature and Culture:
    1. Conservation of World Heritage and community engagement in a transboundary Biosphere Reserve: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal
    2. Community engagement in safeguarding the world's largest reef: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    3. Living World Heritage: Škocjan Caves, Slovenia
    4. Challenges of protecting island ecosystems: Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
    5. Cultural landscapes: challenges and possibilities: Vegaøyan – the Vega Archipelago, Norway
    Part II. Urbanism and Sustainable Heritage Development:
    6. Heritage and communities in a small island developing state: historic Bridgetown and its garrison, Barbados
    7. The Red City: Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco
    8. Capacity-building for sustainable urban development: town of Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic
    9. World Heritage in poverty alleviation: Hoi an ancient town, Vietnam
    10. Responsible local community in historic centres: historic centre (Old Town) of Tallinn, Estonia
    11. An exceptional picture of a Spanish colonial city: historic centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox, Colombia
    Part III. Integrated Planning and Indigenous Engagement:
    12. Homelands of the Mijikenda people: sacred Mijikenda Kaya forests, Kenya
    13. Reconnection and reconciliation in Canadian Rocky Mountain parks: Jasper National Park, Canada
    14. Legacy of a chief: Chief Roi Mata's Domain, Vanuatu
    15. Living cultural landscape: rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
    16. The strength of a cultural system: Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons), Mali
    Part IV. Living Heritage and Safeguarding Outstanding Universal Value:
    17. Aligning national priorities and World Heritage conservation: iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
    18. Participatory methodologies and indigenous communities – project-based learning: Sian Ka'an, Mexico
    19. Village on the winding river: historic villages of Korea – Hahoe and Yangdong
    20. World Heritage and Chinese diasporas: Kaiping Diaolou and villages, China
    21. Role of fisheries and ecosystem-based management: Shiretoko, Japan
    Part V. More than the Monumental:
    22. Dahshur villages in community development: Memphis and its necropolis – the pyramid fields from Giza to Dahshur, Egypt
    23. Sustainable development in a Dutch-German World Heritage site: the Wadden Sea
    24. World Heritage site status – a catalyst for heritage-led sustainable regeneration: Blaenavon industrial landscape, United Kingdom
    25. World Heritage in poverty alleviation: Serra da Capivara National Park, Brazil
    26. Angkor Archaeological Park and communities: Angkor, Cambodia
    Pathways to sustainable development
    List of contributors
    Photo credits

  • Editor

    Amareswar Galla, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Amareswar Galla, PhD, is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Professor and Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen. He has worked on culture in poverty alleviation projects at several World Heritage sites including Ha Long Bay and Hoi An (Vietnam) and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (India). He is Editor-in-Chief of three research journals dealing with sustainable heritage development.


    Irina Bokova

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