The inscription of a site on the World Heritage List can result in specific preservation challenges, making skilled and sustainable management practices crucial to protecting its Outstanding Universal Value. For the first time, a Model of Best Practices in World Heritage Site Management was recognized and rewarded on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012, and twenty-eight sites were nominated for consideration.
This issue will feature an interview with Eva Marie S. Medina, Mayor of Vigan (Philippines), the site selected for its best practices, and will take a close look at other sites that have introduced innovative measures with exemplary results: Wet Tropics of Queensland (Australia); Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (China); Medieval City of Rhodes (Greece); and Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán (Mexico), among others.
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