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The World Heritage Convention

The Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage arose from a need to stimulate international cooperation to protect the world's natural and scenic areas and historic sites for present and the future generations.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is designated as a World Heritage site.

A Review of International Conventions which Affect the Work of Botanic Gardens: World Heritage Convention


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The World Heritage Convention
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world.

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June 1999