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Can world heritage status help protect sacred natural sites in Asia?

Ormsby, Alison; Jackson, Wendy and Bhagwat, Shonil (2016). Can world heritage status help protect sacred natural sites in Asia? In: Verschuuren, Bas and Furuta, Naoya eds. Asian Sacred Natural Sites: Philosophy and practice in protected areas and conservation. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 41–54.

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The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention) was agreed in 1972 and entered into force in 1976. The Convention is administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with decision making undertaken by its governing body, the World Heritage Committee. To be inscribed as a World Heritage site (WHS), properties must meet at least one cultural and/or natural criterion and have outstanding universal value (UNESCO, 2015a). Operational guidelines exist to support implementation of the Convention, and advice is provided by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UNESCO, 2013).


In this chapter, three World Heritage sites in Asia are analysed: Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal), Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and the Western Ghats (India).

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 Bas Verschuuren and Naoya Furuta, selection and editorial material, individual chapters, the contributors
ISBN: 1-138-93629-4, 978-1-138-93629-4
Keywords: sacred space; historic sites; protected areas
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 47446
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 08:18
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2017 03:07
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