Monday, August 02, 2010

The United Nations Foundation has decided to close the World Heritage Alliance and Friends of World Heritage.

The United Nations Foundation appreciates and acknowledges the important impact the World Heritage Alliance has had on World Heritage sites and communities in the seven countries where it operated. The World Heritage Alliance also demonstrated the important, yet often untapped, potential for multi-sector action for conservation and sustainable development in and around World Heritage sites.

The World Heritage Alliance will transfer appropriate training materials and other tools to the Tourism Sustainability Council for continued use. Linking with the Tourism Sustainability Council may be a logical next step for World Heritage Alliance members interested in improving their sustainability performance and receiving recognition for their work.

The Friends of World Heritage and World Heritage Alliance initiatives culminated in 2010, after four years of successful collaborations to protect and preserve World Heritage while promoting sustainable tourism.

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