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

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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

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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

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

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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

China’s world heritage sites convey country’s profound civilization; Global Times

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China has launched a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, which was adopted on November 16, 1972. Now ratified by 194 countries, the Convention has produced a list of over 1,100 various heritage sites, 56 of which are in China.

Source: China’s world heritage sites convey country’s profound civilization

The Italian city where the houses are fit for royalty; Julia Buckley; CNN

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It’s the Italian city home to palaces so spectacular that they’re UNESCO World Heritage sites. A city that was once home to so much wealth that the local aristocracy lived in environments literally fit for a king, and the place where Rubens began his great artistic career.

Source: The Italian city where the houses are fit for royalty

Free visit to the Ho Dynasty Citadel; hanguyen0409; VietReader

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On the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day, the Ho Dynasty citadel will offer free admission for visitors on November 23. According to Nguyen Van Long, deputy director of the Ho Dynasty Citadel Heritage Conservation Center, the decision to exempt tickets is also to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Source: Free visit to the Ho Dynasty Citadel