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How Italy Stopped Venice Being Put on UNESCO’s Heritage In Danger List

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The government lobbied the director of the World Heritage Centre, diplomats and national delegates.

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Uncontrolled tourism is killing the city. Wolfgang Moroder/lusenberg.com

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Committee meeting in Istanbul this July voted not to put Venice on its list of World Heritage in Danger sites, but instead to postpone the decision until the 2017 meeting. This was despite the highly critical conclusions of Unesco’s own recent State of Conservation report on Venice, and appeals by the lobby group Europa Nostra and other civil society organisations. By by Anna Somers CocksRead more.

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Webinar: World Heritage & Tourism in Changing Climate

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To support tourism sector activities of Morocco at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 22) that will take place between 7th and 18th of November 2016 in Marrakesh, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the governments of France and the Kingdom of Morocco are collaborating as parts of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP STP) to provide a series of stimulating, sector focused climate webinars. These webinars will reflect 10YFP STP ambition to promote tools and solutions among decision makers and private sector for greener and more sustainable tourism.

The present webinar address the issue of the climate change and the tourism activities impacts of the World Heritage Sites. The overriding concern is preserving Outstanding Universal Value – that is, heritage that is exceptional from an artistic, historic or typological standpoint, and which merits preservation for the benefit of mankind.

The report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. The report stresses the importance of sound site management practices. Among other topics, the report addresses:

  • impacts of climate change on iconic tourism destinations
  • how climate change can exacerbate tourism impacts
  • management practices that need to be put in place.

The objectives of the present webinar are to:

  • Present the recommendations of a joint UNESCO/UNEP/Union of Concerned Scientists report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate, published on May 26th, 2016.
  • Highlight some of case studies that demonstrate the need for the tourism industries and stakeholders to mitigate tourism impacts on the World Heritage Sites in these times of Climate Change.

This webinar was developed within the frame of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

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This report presents the findings from a visitor survey carried out over a three-day period from Saturday 29 September to Monday 1 October 2001. Visitors aged 15 years and over were contacted at one of five sites  within Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales, and invited to participate in the study. Those who agreed were given a questionnaire to complete themselves and mail back in a reply-paid envelope. A total of 556 questionnaires  were given out with 256 returned, resulting in a more than acceptable final response rate of 46%.

by David Archer and Tony Griffin

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Visitor Use and Satisfaction in Barrington Tops National Park

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World Heritage listing signifies globally outstanding natural and/or cultural heritage: a “top brand” in marketing terms. Does this branding as heritage icons confer economic value through increased tourism expenditure at World Heritage Areas, pre- and post listing, with unlisted but comparable destinations nearby.

by Ralf Buckley

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World Heritage Icon Value: Contribution of World Heritage Branding to Nature Tourism

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This project principally examined the potential impact the turbulence created by the passage of cruise ships may have on fragile benthic marine biota and additional aspects such as potential wave wake erosion of channel banks. It is based on research undertaken to determine whether small, expedition-style cruise ships should be  permitted to enter past Port Davey and into Bathurst Channel within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Australia.

by Claire Ellis, Neville Barrett & Sophia Schmieman

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Center’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas. In this report we review the approaches management agencies have taken to research and assess ecologically sustainable visitor use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Ecologically Sustainable Visitor Use of Australia’s World Heritage Areas

 

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