The threats of acquiring World Heritage Status

I include this piece from the teachingexpertise website because there is a move to make an area of valuable prehistoric rock art and archaeology, shared by Egypt, Libya and Sudan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   The author, Anjana Khatwa, suggests that acquiring World Heritage Status (WHS from here) “catapults” the country and the site itself into the public eye.  The attraction of tourists, beneficial to many economies, can jeopordise the very sites that WHS status is supposed to protect.  In countries which have other problems – political and economic in particular – the ongoig care of a WHS site may be of low priority when essential public services require funding and support.  Khatwa cites a number of examples of both wanton destruction and natural disaster.  It makes for depressing reading.

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