• World Heritage Review 82: African Heritage and its sustainable development

World Heritage Review 82: African Heritage and its sustainable development

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In this issue we are pleased to focus on the heritage of Africa and its sustainable development. The diversity and wealth of African heritage is extraordinary, from its large-scale ecosystems to modern architecture; from the memory of slavery and colonial heritage to cultural landscapes and sacred sites.

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Preserving this heritage is an ambitious and challenging task. Once we move beyond the initial efforts to inventory this heritage, we must have goals that don’t just focus on short-term gains, but work toward a larger vision: long-term sustainable development with benefits to the local communities. Part of this involves encouraging the re-investment of financial earnings from sites into heritage conservation and best practice interpretation.

Effective efforts to preserve this heritage mean that we all must work together, and diverse stakeholders must collaborate for heritage conservation, not just at the local or national levels, but across borders to reinforce peace and security.