UNESCO’s World Heritage List now includes cultural, natural, tangible, and intangible assets the world over. Many government managers find this important concept difficult to support. As monuments, rivers, and traditions are designated “heritage,” their upkeep should be fundamental under well-formulated plans for sustainable, low-risk public use.
This free forum will consider the expanding meaning of the concept of “heritage” and look at a few case studies to show the variety of threats, successes, and challenges that World Cultural Heritage sites and traditions face around the world. We will particularly consider rehabilitation or reconstruction of "heritage" in countries after periods of war, using Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo as recent examples.