Eurpoean Space Agency 2003 News Release
"Earth Observation satellites will help safeguard hundreds of natural and cultural World Heritage sites, under the terms of an agreement signed by ESA and UNESCO at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.
"UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and ESA Director-General Antonio Rodotà launched the Open Initiative partnership on Wednesday 18 June. The intention is to have other space agencies progressively join the partnership, and help developing nations monitor World Heritage sites on their territories more effectively."
NASA is following the ESA lead and cooperating with UNESCO to use remote sensing to monitor World Heritage sites. There have also been interest in the Open Initiative from the Indian, Japanese, Canadian and Brazilian space agencies.