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Smithsonian and UNESCO Partner to Celebrate World Heritage Convention

August 10, 2012 - The Smithsonian and UNESCO have developed a joint project, “Protection, Preservation and Prosperity: Stories of World Heritage,” to celebrate the World Heritage Convention’s 40th anniversary. The project focuses on 10 World Heritage Sites, including the Everglades and Taos Pueblo in the United States, the Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila in Mexico, the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou in China and the Cliff of Bandiagara in Mali.

The project combines the World Heritage Center’s archives, reports, research and other materials with the Smithsonian’s resources and specimens from its museums and science centers.  The sites will be featured on a new website, accompanied by a mobile app, educational curriculum and a poster-based exhibition.

The anniversary marks the creation of an international treaty in 1972 to protect and conserve outstanding sites of cultural and natural heritage. Today, 189 countries are parties to the Convention and 962 sites are inscribed on the World Heritage list.

Additional information is available on the Smithsonian website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley] 

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