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Heritage Alert Links
10 years ago
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This thread is for web links to groups and organisations campaigning to protect heritage sites.

TimeWatch are a group that campaign to protect sites, they tend to focus on individual sites such as Thornborough Henges -

Heirtage Action are "ordinary people caring for extraordinary places" They raise alerts for ancient sites in the UK and Ireland and run campaigns where a difference can be made.

10 years ago

Anthropology on the net maintains a list of world heritage under threat.

World Heritage in Danger
10 years ago

The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to encourage corrective action. This section describes the List of World Heritage in Danger and gives examples of sites that are inscribed on the List.

The List of World Heritage in Danger

Armed conflict and war, earthquakes and other natural disasters, pollution, poaching, uncontrolled urbanization and unchecked tourist development pose major problems to World Heritage sites. Dangers can be ‘ascertained’, referring to specific and proven imminent threats, or ‘potential’, when a property is faced with threats which could have negative effects on its World Heritage values.

Under the 1972 World Heritage Convention, the World Heritage Committee can inscribe on the List of World Heritage in Danger properties whose protection requires ‘major operations (…) and for which assistance has been requested’.

There are currently thirty-three sites among the 812 World Heritage properties were are inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Inscribing a site on the List of World Heritage in Danger allows the World Heritage Committee to allocate immediate assistance from the World Heritage Fund to the endangered property. It also alerts the international community to these situations in the hope that it can join efforts to save these endangered sites. The listing of a site as World Heritage in Danger allows the conservation community to respond to specific preservation needs in an efficient manner. Indeed, the mere prospect of inscribing a site on this List often proves to be effective, and can incite rapid conservation action.

Inscription of a site on the List of World Heritage in Danger requires the World Heritage Committee to develop and adopt, in consultation with the State Party concerned, a programme for corrective measures, and subsequently to monitor the situation of the site. All efforts must be made to restore the site's values in order to enable its removal from the List of World Heritage in Danger as soon as possible.

Inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger is not perceived in the same way by all parties concerned. Some countries apply for the inscription of a site to focus international attention on its problems and to obtain expert assistance in solving them. Others however, wish to avoid an inscription, which they perceive as a dishonour. The listing of a site as World Heritage in Danger should in any case not be considered as a sanction, but as a system established to respond to specific conservation needs in an efficient manner.

If a site loses the characteristics which determined its inscription on the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee may decide to delete the property from both the List of World Heritage in Danger and the World Heritage List. To date, this provision of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention has never had to be applied.

10 years ago

Heritage Conservation Network

Heritage Conservation Network is dedicated to the conservation of architectural heritage around the world. Heritage sites serve as one of the key elements of cultural identity, and conservation of these sites retains the uniqueness of each location’s indigenous architecture. Through a network of experts, volunteers and community members, HCN strives to increase awareness of the significance of historic sites and stimulate each community’s interest in and knowledge of appropriate conservation skills. This allows each individual to forge their own link with history thus helping to provide for the long-term preservation of significant structures and sites.

10 years ago

Global Heritage Fund

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit international conservancy which protects and preserves humankind's most important cultural heritage sites in developing countries. Our timely investments, global network of experts and advanced Preservation by Design methodology work together to create a 'cycle of success' for Global Heritage sites which have a high potential for sustainable preservation, tourism and economic development.

Global Heritage sites are major archaeological sites and ancient townscapes selected by the GHF Advisory Board, based on thorough due diligence and close working relationships with on-site conservation teams and international experts in conservation science. To date, we have made investments in eight Global Heritage Epicenters for planning, conservation and training, and our goal is to continue to invest at critical junctures to save Global Heritage sites threatened by neglect, destruction, mass tourism, and unplanned urban sprawl.

Weld Valley for World Heritage
10 years ago
The Weld Valley, in Southern Tasmania, lies on the border of the Tasmanian South West World Heritage Area. Logging/clearfelling + burning in the Weld are immenently threatening the SWWHA. Activists are trying to stop the logging. Visit:
10 years ago
Europe Nostro

Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, is the representative platform of over 200 heritage NGOs active throughout Europe. It is the voice of this vast movement of European civil society active in the field of heritage towards international bodies concerned, in particular the European Union Institutions, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.