World Heritage

Letter to the World Heritage Centre

Monday, June 18, 2018
Ms. Mechtild Rössler Director World Heritage Division and World Heritage Centre UNESCO World Heritage Centre 7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris France June 9, 2018 Subject: Protection of World Heritage Sites in Africa threatened by water infrastructure Dear Ms. Rössler, We would like to thank you for leading the protections for our heritage sites and for tackling some of the difficult calls as made in the recently published draft decisions. We are writing to raise concerns about six endangered World Heritage Sites in Africa, which are now threatened by large dams. These are the Dja Faunal Rese

Will the World Heritage Committee Stand Up for Lake Turkana?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Lake Turkana, a World Heritage Site and source of livelihood for 300,000 people, is gravely threatened by dam building and plantations on Ethiopia's Omo River. As the World Heritage Committee meets for its annual session, it needs to take important steps to protect the world's largest desert lake.

Day of Action Defending World Heritage Rivers

First Bend of the Nu River
From the March 2014 World Rivers ReviewAs I write this, our offices are abuzz with plans for March 14, the International Day of Action for Rivers. This will be the seventeenth year of the event; International Rivers was there when the idea arose from the first meeting of dam-affected peoples in Curitiba, Brazil, and we’ve been celebrating and activating ever since. It’s one of the best pleasures to be a part of the amazing international movement of river activists. Once again, we anticipate hundreds of demonstrations, vigils, workshops and celebrations as people from more than 40 countri

World Heritage Committee Decisions in 2013

Lake Turkana at sunset.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Summaries of all the decisions made on dam-threatened World Heritage Sites that were discussed at the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee.
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