The World Heritage Convention is unique in that it aims to protect both cultural and natural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value. Whereas some sites are recognized purely for their cultural values and others for their natural elements, there are many sites where the cultural and natural elements are interdependent. Some of these are cultural landscapes, such as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, where people and landscape have evolved together over time, but there are other links between culture and nature, such as at Río Abiseo National Park in Peru, where archaeological sites portray pre-Inca society among the rainforests of the Andes. There is now a growing understanding that nature-culture interlinkages are far more prevalent than previously thought. This issue seeks to review recent findings in the field, take stock of ongoing work, and chart out ways for better recognizing and working with nature and culture together.
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