The aim of the World Heritage Convention is the identification, conservation and transmission of outstanding cultural and natural sites to future generations. In this way, it naturally contributes to sustainable development, in that it is focused on meeting the needs of the present while contributing to future environmental, economic and social needs.
This issue will look at the role of World Heritage in fostering sustainable development, with a lead article showing the broader context involving the World Heritage Convention and including examples from around the globe. We will focus on sustainable development practice at Banc d’Arguin National Park (Mauritania), the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, Gros Morne National Park (Canada), Historic Town of Vigan (Philippines) and the Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia). There will also be an in-depth article on the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, particularly developments from 2002 to 2012, and an interview with former UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.
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