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Does UNESCO’s World Heritage approach protect or undermine cultural heritage? A consideration of UNESCO World Heritage status and its relationship with tourism on cultural sites and practices in developing countries

J CAUST, W Schneider (ed.)

Deaprtment of Cultural Policy, the University of Hildesheim | Published : 2014

Abstract

To both acknowledge and protect many cultural heritage expressions, sites and practices, UNESCO has instituted three protocols; Tangible Heritage, Intangible Heritage and Diversity of Cultural Expression. If a site or practice receives this UNESCO badge it is an acknowledgment of its universal cultural value as well as recognition of the need to protect it from harm. However the UNESCO badge is an important marketing tool in world tourism and its presence ensures many more visitors. Many more people are travelling each decade and increasing numbers of visitors can have a major impact on a site/practice and on the local culture and integrity of a region, particularly in developing countries..

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