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The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has just published a book about the World Heritage charter and the challenges for the new millenium. It’s about 200-pages long and available in French and English and makes for good reading for anyone interested about the World Heritage Sites not just in Southeast Asia, but the world. The best of all? It’s a great resource that’s available for a free download.

This 200-page publication provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of more than three decades of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and highlights a number of its successes and challenges. It includes a history of the 1972 Convention and its implementation, an analysis of the natural and cultural diversity of the world included on the World Heritage List, and a look at the state of conservation of World Heritage sites. Containing a wealth of information with over 100 photographs, 26 maps and numerous tables and graphs, it is intended for the general reader as well as university students and researchers, heritage conservation specialists and policy-makers.

Check out the publication and the website link here.

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