World Heritage Watch is an independent non-governmental organization founded in 2014. We promote the preservation of the UNESCO World Heritage worldwide. We keep watch that the World Heritage is not sacrificed to political compromises and economic interests.
We support UNESCO in obtaining complete and accurate information about the situation of World Heritage sites. And we help local people to protect their sites and to derive an adequate benefit from them.
The sites that have been added to the list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage are the most valuable monuments, the most significant historical cities, the most beautiful landscapes and the most breathtaking ecosystems and natural wonders in the world. They are the most important places on the planet to learn about people and nature.
It is for that reason that the community of nations has decided to protect them by binding international law. We cannot and must not imagine a world without them.
However, a growing number of world heritage sites are endangered by development pressure, mass tourism, armed conflict, resource extraction, climate change, or construction activities, and by neglect and poor management. In UNESCO therefore, recognition has grown that the more than 1000 World Heritage Sites cannot be monitored and protected in the long run without the active involvement of civil society.