The sites on the UNESCO list of world cultural and natural heritage are the most valuable monuments, the most important old towns, the most beautiful cultural landscapes and the most breathtaking ecosystems and natural monuments in the world.
They are the most important places on the planet to learn about humans and nature on Earth. It is for a reason that the international community has decided to protect them through international law. We cannot and do not want to imagine a world without them.
But more and more world heritage sites are threatened by development pressure, mass tourism, war, resource depletion, urbanization, climate change and investor projects, but also by neglect and mismanagement. On the other hand, UNESCO alone is powerless; it can only warn governments.
Civil society worldwide must demand the protection of the sites.
With its network of over 150 groups worldwide, World Heritage Watch ensures that the world heritage is not sacrificed to political compromises and economic interests. We support UNESCO in getting complete and correct information about the situation of the sites. And we help local people to protect their sites and to benefit from them appropriately.
The UNESCO World Heritage sites are no longer just the heritage of a people or a state, but the heritage of all humanity. They are therefore the nuclei of a world civilization.