This year the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC2014) will be held in Sydney (Australia) from 12 to 19 November 2014, and this issue of World Heritage will explore the close ties between World Heritage and Protected Areas.
WPC2014 is a landmark global forum on Protected Areas. Building on the theme Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. World Heritage will be present as a cross-cutting theme across the programme of WPC2014.
This issue will explore the importance of the World Heritage Convention in safeguarding our planet, endangered and threatened species and wilderness areas. It will also highlight efforts to address important challenges, such as the unprecedented elephant poaching crisis, as well as demonstrate the critical role of local communities and indigenous people in protecting these areas.
The new sites inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Doha (Qatar) in June 2014, will also be presented.
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