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The Concerns of Heritage Conservation

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    The Concerns of Heritage Conservation

    The initiative of managing, preserving and protection of the world’s natural and cultural heritages started a century ago in 1919, by the League of Nations. At the end of World War II in 1945, TheUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were created for the purpose of promotion and conservation of global cultures is a key to future peace   (Joy, 2013 and Meskell, 2014). The major milestone on the conservation of heritages was The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 1972 which works on the preservation, management and protection of natural and cultural heritages and passing them for future generations (Meskell, 2014).   One of the major challenges facing the conservation of historical heritages is the human impact. Historical heritage sights visited by large number of visitors are highly exposed to wear and tear due to overcrowding, additionally; graffiti and other pollutions made by people also contribute to the degradation of the heritages. Furthermore, historical heritages are facing vandalism due to souvenir hunting for the antique materials by black market dealers also in some cases like the Buddhist landscape at Bamyam, Afghanistan heritages are facing destruction by war and conflicts (Timothy and Boyd, 2006). The lack of funding for managing and conservation programs is the other major problem facing heritage sights especially on the developing country. In conclusion, for an effective protection and conservation heritage management should collaborate the local community in a joint planning and development of the heritage sights(Aas, Ladkin and Fletcher, 2005).



    Aas, C., Ladkin, A. and Fletcher, J. (2005). Stakeholder collaboration and heritage management.Annals of Tourism Research, 32(1), pp.28-48.

    Joy, C. (2013). The politics of heritage management in Mali. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Left Coast Press, Inc.

    Meskell, L. (2014). States of Conservation: Protection, Politics, and Pacting within UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Anthropological Quarterly, 87(1), pp.217-243.

    Timothy, D. and Boyd, S. (2008). Heritage Tourism in the 21st Century: Valued Traditions and New Perspectives. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 1(1), pp.1-16.


    By Yonas Mamo



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    Thank you for your text. What can be done to minimise these conservation concerns? - Wilhelmina
    Posted 10:48, 2 Dec 2014
    Thank you Wilhelmina for your comment, as mentioned above for an effective conservation and protection of heritages there should be a system that will allow the local community to participate actively on the planning and implementing the conservation initiatives.
    best regards,
    Posted 07:05, 13 Dec 2014
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