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Albert, Marie-Theres / Ringbeck, Birgitta

40 Years World Heritage Convention

Popularizing the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage

Series:Heritage Studies 3

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    August 2015
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    • Development of the World Heritage Convention in the course of time
    • Contradictions of protection and use of World Heritage
    • Future of the World Heritage Convention

    Aims and Scope

    Since the adoption of the World Heritage Convention in 1972, the notion that cultural and natural heritage need to be protected and properly utilized has gained popularity. Over time, however, such utilization concepts were less focused on ideas of sustainability and became increasingly influenced by commercial interests. For the first time, this publication attempts to elaborate the development of the World Heritage Convention, the Convention itself in its different facets and how it evolved into one of the most important UNESCO instruments for the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It will be shown that the protection and utilization of heritage is a highly complex political, participatory and interdisciplinary process. This publication discusses these developments and suggests potential solutions in order to deal with such unintended trends.


    viii, 214 pages
    3 Fig. 8 Tables
    Type of Publication:
    Academics (Art History, Cultural Studies, Archeology, Geography, Archeology) and international Heritage Managers.

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    Marie-Theres Albert, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Cottbus; Birgitta Ringbeck, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.

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