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6448 33 26-07-2017
  1. 26 July is International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. Mangrove ecosystems provide benefits and services that are essential for life. From advancing food security, sustaining fisheries and forest products and offering protection from storms, tsunamis and sea level rise to preventing shoreline erosion, regulating coastal water quality and providing habitats for endangered marine species -- the list is long on the importance of mangrove ecosystems. This includes the unique role that they play in sequestering and storing significant amounts of coastal blue carbon from the atmosphere and ocean, crucial for mitigating climate change. UNESCO is drawing on all of its strengths -- through its Man and the Biosphere Programme, its International Hydrological Programme, its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme -– to protect mangrove ecosystems. We must reverse the trend of degradation and protect the mangroves that are so essential to the health of the planet. To learn more, check our dedicated webpage to Mangrove Day http://on.unesco.org/2vIF6e3 #MangroveDay #Nature #Ecosystem #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain #ClimateChange #SustainableDevelopment #SDGs #BiosphereReserves #Earth

5836 159 18-07-2017
  1. 18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day. Let's honour today those who fought and continue to fight for freedom, dignity and human rights. This struggle has never been more important in societies today that are weakened by rising and multiple tensions -- economic, social, political as well as climatic. More than ever, we must renew our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela, a great humanist defender of the oppressed, who also honoured UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador, in order to build societies where every woman and man can live together in diversity and respect. For more info, copy and paste this link on your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2afm2cL #NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty #Mandela #SouthAfrica #History #HumanRights #Madiba #Time2Serve

6567 428 11-07-2017
  1. The Historic City of Yazd (Islamic Republic of Iran), has been inscribed on the World Heritage List . What do you know about this place? The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 kilomtres southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a qanat system developed to draw underground water. The earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the qanat system, traditional houses, bazars, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Zoroastrian temples and the historic garden of Dolat-abad. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Iran #Yazd #Heritage

4310 53 10-07-2017
  1. The English Lake District (United Kingdon), is one of the new World Heritage sites 2017. What do you know about this place? Located in northwest England, the English Lake District is a mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterized by fields enclosed by walls. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced a harmonious landscape in which the mountains are mirrored in the lakes. Grand houses, gardens and parks have been purposely created to enhance the beauty of this landscape. This landscape was greatly appreciated from the 18th century onwards by the Picturesque and later Romantic movements, which celebrated it in paintings, drawings and words. It also inspired an awareness of the importance of beautiful landscapes and triggered early efforts to preserve them. #WorldHeritage #41whc #UK #LakeDistrict #Heritage

5110 60 10-07-2017
  1. What do you know about the archaeological site of Aphrodisias, in #Turkey? This place has been inscribed yesterday on UNESCO World Heritage. Located in southwestern Turkey, in the upper valley of the Morsynus River, the site consists of two components: the archaeological site of Aphrodisias and the marble quarries northeast of the city. The temple of Aphrodite dates from the 3rd century BCE and the city was built one century later. The wealth of Aphrodisias came from the marble quarries and the art produced by its sculptors. The city streets are arranged around several large civic structures, which include temples, a theatre, an agora, and two bath complexes. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Turkey #Aphrodisias

2567 37 09-07-2017
  1. Asmara: a Modernist City of Africa (Eritrea) Located at over 2000 metres above sea level, the capital of Eritrea developed from the 1890’s onwards as a military outpost for the Italian colonial power. After 1935, Asmara underwent a large scale programme of construction applying the Italian rationalist idiom of the time to governmental edifices, residential and commercial buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, cinemas, hotels, etc. The property encompasses the area of the city that resulted from various phases of planning between 1893 and 1941, as well as the indigenous unplanned neighbourhoods of Arbate Asmera and Abbashawel. It is an exceptional example of early modernist urbanism at the beginning of the 20th century and its application in an African context. The World Heritage Committee session will continue until 12 July. Check out our account to discover the new sites. #WorldHeritage #Heritage #Eritrea #Asmara #Africa #41whc

3564 27 08-07-2017
  1. Please meet Los Alerces National Park (Argentina), one of this year's new World Heritage sites. The Los Alerces National park is located in the Andes of northern Patagonia and has a western boundary, which coincides with the Chilean border. Successive glaciations have moulded the landscape in the region creating spectacular features such as moraines, glacial cirques and clear-water lakes. The vegetation is dominated by dense temperate forests, which give way to alpine meadows higher up under the rocky Andean peaks. The property is vital for the protection of some of the last portions of continuous Patagonian Forest in an almost pristine state and is the habitat for a number of endemic and threatened species of flora and fauna. The World Heritage Committee session will continue until 12 July. Check out our account to discover the new sites. #WorldHeritage #41whc #Argentina #Heritage #LosAlerces

6432 104 07-07-2017
  1. “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint”” Frida Kahlo. 6th July marks the 110th anniversary of the birthday of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She was an artist who explored the female psyche with immense bravery and imagination, undaunted by excruciating physical handicaps. Frida Kahlo mostly painted self-portraits and her art was inspired by Mexican popular culture. After her death in 1954, aged only 47, Kahlo’s work remained quite unknown until the 1970s, when art historians and political activists rediscovered it. Today, Frida Kahlo is considered one of the major forces in 20th century art. On the anniversary of her birthday, we pay tribute to a live devoted to art and political struggle and we invite you all to read the article “Recalling a legend: the Frida Kahlo Museum”, published in Museum International magazine in 1996. To read the article, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2sKAFkO (PDF) #FridaKahlo #Mexico #Art #Culture #110Frida #VivaLaFrida

5197 27 04-07-2017
  1. GOOD NEWS! The World Heritage site of Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire is no longer in danger! The World Heritage Committee meeting, undergoing in Krakow since 2 July, has decided today to take Comoé National Park, the Ivorian World Heritage site, off the List of World Heritage in Danger following improvements in the conservation of its fauna and habitat. The Committee congratulated Côte d’Ivoire for its work to fight poaching. It noted that populations of iconic species such as elephants and chimpanzees that were thought to have disappeared from the site are reproducing again and that the state of conservation of habitats is now very positive. Targets for fauna conservation have in fact been met and even surpassed. Comoé National Park is one of the largest protected areas in West Africa, is characterized by its great plant diversity. Due to the Comoé river, the site contains plants which are normally only found much farther south, such as shrub savannahs and patches of thick rainforest. If you want to know more, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://on.unesco.org/2slnMcJ #WorldHeritage #WorldHeritageInDanger #Heritage #NaturalHeritage #41whc #HeritageInDanger #Comoe #CoteDivoire #Africa #Nature

6585 39 03-07-2017
  1. The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is underway in Krakow, Poland, until July 12. The Committee members will examine the nomination of 33 sites for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Also, five already inscribed sites will be assessed with a view to place them on the World Heritage List in Danger. If you want to follow the latest updates from the Committee, copy & and paste this link on your browser: https://en.unesco.org/41whc #WorldHeritage #41WHC #Heritage #Krakow #Poland #HeritageInDanger #unite4heritage #culture #CulturalHeritage #NaturalHeritage #EndangeredHeritage #UNESCO Photo: Krakow Photo credit: Mark and Anna Wilson/shutterstock