ICOMOS wishes IUCN a happy 70th anniversary

Fontainebleau Flickr dynamosquitoICOMOS had the pleasure of participating in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of IUCN’s founding in Fontainebleau, France on 30 and 31 August. The conference entitled “The future of landscapes: a new relationship for people and nature” focused on the future of cultural landscapes, including the places that have been created through agricultural, pastoralist and sacred use.

ICOMOS Director General Marie-Laure Lavenir, UNESCO Deputy Director for Heritage Lazare Eloundou-Assomo and ICCROM Director of Sites Unit Joseph King shared their perspectives on natural and cultural heritage in a panel discussion on landscapes and the relationship between people and nature.

ICOMOS continues to work closely with IUCN in the evaluation of sites proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List, in particular for mixed sites and cultural landscapes, and in the monitoring of the state of conservation of inscribed sites. ICOMOS and IUCN have also recently launched the third phase of the Connecting Practice project, which explores new methods and practical strategies for the recognition and support of the interconnectedness of natural and cultural heritage at World Heritage Sites.

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