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Africa’s heritage sites are in peril as planet heats up; The Star

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Climate change impacts, from higher temperatures to worsening floods, now threaten to condemn these and dozens more African landmarks to the history books.

Source: Africa’s heritage sites are in peril as planet heats up

BIRN Fact-Check: As UNESCO Deadline Looms, what is North Macedonia Doing to Protect Ohrid?; Sinisa Jakov Marusic; Balkan Insight

Photo: Georgi Licovski

By mid-next year the UN’s cultural organisation will again consider scrapping Ohrid’s prestigious world heritage site status – but despite the deadline, North Macedonia has little progress to show for.

Source: BIRN Fact-Check: As UNESCO Deadline Looms, what is North Macedonia Doing to Protect Ohrid?

Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands; Joseph Wilson; AP

Photo: Bernat Armangue

Spain’s government pledged to invest 350 million euros ($368 million) in the country’s Doñana wetlands, a UNESCO world heritage site that ecologists say is dying due to the misuse of water and climate change. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the pledge Thursday during a visit to the Doñana National Park in southern Spain. A European Union court ruled last year that Spanish authorities had failed in their duty to protect the wetlands, and the government faces a hefty fine unless takes actions to preserve the ecosystem.

Source: Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands

Explore the UNESCO heritages in Azerbaijan; Kadir Toprakkaya; Haber İstanbul

Photo: Tour Mag

Azerbaijan is a unique country with several valuable landmarks of cultural and historical importance. Some of them have been recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites because of the need for their protection and preservation considering their uniqueness and importance to the collective interests of humanity.

Source: Explore the UNESCO heritages in Azerbaijan – Haber İstanbul

Australia vows to protect coral reef after UN panel suggests ‘in danger’ list; EFE

Photo: La Prensa Latina

Australia Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef after the United Nations cultural agency recommended that the world’s biggest coral reef system be listed as a heritage site “in danger.” The reef, which spans over 2,300 km (1430 miles) along the northeastern coast of Australia, and was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1981, has become vulnerable to mass bleaching due to the climate crisis.

Source: Australia vows to protect coral reef after UN panel suggests ‘in danger’ list – La Prensa Latina Media

Embracing The World Around Us: Travel Trends Report 2023, Part 1; Angelina Villa-Clarke; Forbes

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In this first in a series of articles, Angelina Villa-Clarke talks to travel experts about how we will travel next year and beyond. Today, Angelina looks at the rising trend of looking for a feeling of familiarity when travelling, and the quest to follow a path less travelled.

Source: Embracing The World Around Us: Travel Trends Report 2023, Part 1

How South Korea uses technology to bring together local residents and World Heritage sites; Jihon Kim; The Conversation

Photo: Jihon Kim

To boost their attractiveness to tourists and residents alike, in 2020 the towns of Gongju and Buyeo – once Imperial capitals – launched the “Smart Town Challenge” to link online and offline services.

Source: How South Korea uses technology to bring together local residents and World Heritage sites