World Heritage Day: what it is and why is it important?; Taran Bassi; Metro News


Portugal – Convent of Christ in Tomar

World Heritage Day, celebrating international monuments and sites, is on April 18.

The event is marked globally, and each year there’s a theme – this year it’s sustainable tourism.

It’s been chosen to tie in with the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

World Heritage Day is all about raising awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status.

It’s a chance to inform everyone about the efforts involved to protect and conserve, and just how vulnerable these sites are.

What is a World Heritage site?

A World Heritage site is classified as a natural or man-made area or a structure that is of international importance, and a space which requires special protection.

 

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