How can the issue of Palestine end up costing American jobs in New Mexico?  Or hobble protection of great places worldwide? As of its 40th birthday, the World Heritage List names 962 sites—natural, cultural, and mixed—in 157 countries. The reality: The entire staff of the UNESCO World Heritage Center in Paris is about the same as for a well-run lakeside resort. Power of a brand: After the town of Albi, France received World Heritage status in 2010 tourism jumped 52 percent. At last week’s event, David Huether of the United States Travel Association laid out the statistics on the value of foreign tourism.
Moderating the session was veteran World Heritage supporter Frank Hodsoll, who chaired he National Endowment for the Arts under President Ronald Reagan. Brimmer had asked to speak at the Monday event in part because the Administration is seeking a waiver on that cutoff. World Heritage has plenty of bumps and blemishes—inconsistent inscriptions,  politics (what doesn’t?), and occasionally sloppy procedures, as with archaeology issues raised earlier this year and inadequate resources for helping sites cope with tourism. To Congress, last week’s  message was simple and politically digestible: World Heritage sites attract foreign tourists.
Inscription on the World Heritage list does not provide an automatic green light to economic benefits. National Geographic VoicesResearchers, conservationists, and others around the world share stories and commentary on the National Geographic Society's conversation platform Voices. Society Field Inspection 2016: Gulf of CaliforniaDescribed by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California in Mexico is threatened by coastal development, climate change, and other human activities.
Support National GeographicWe've supported more than 11,000 grants to scientists and others in the field.Learn more about our work. Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team have named Homo naledi. With at least 15 individuals of all ages and both sexes represented, the find adds an unprecedented amount of information to our understanding of early human evolution in Africa.
In addition, the absence of any other animal remains or large debris in the fossil chamber strongly suggests that these non-human beings intentionally deposited their dead within this cave. BANABA ISLAND, Kiribati—Asbestos dust covers the floors of Banaba’s crumbling colonial houses, buildings, and schools.
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But some loggers choose to buck the tech trend, choosing more traditional logging methods for a low-impact alternative to diesel.
The ancient art of horse logging used to be the foundation of the forestry industry, until technology took its place. Spring in the northern hemisphere officially begins this Sunday, March 20th—coinciding with International Happiness Day! That tortuous path winds through four common American misconceptions about UNESCO World Heritage sites, plus Congress’s own version of the law of unintended consequences.
Foundation sponsored an educational Congressional briefing about World Heritage last week in Washington D.C.
Sites must be “of outstanding universal value” and protected under local law in order to be considered for “inscription” on the List. Their job is to monitor almost a thousand sites around the world and evaluate hundreds of new submissions.
It enabled an amendment to the Preservation Act that makes it virtually impossible for a multi-owner historic district in the U.S.
World Heritage is so successful that its brand attracts tourists from just about everywhere outside the U.S.
Basically, foreign tourists on average spend more than domestic tourists, stay longer, and thus create travel-industry jobs for the U.S. He called on Assistant Secretary Brimmer to elaborate on the automatic funding cutoff for UNESCO.
It should always be handled responsibly, endangering neither the site nor the experience of visiting it. Posters and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. To learn firsthand what's going on in and around this marine treasure of global importance, the National Geographic Society sent its top scientists and officials to the region in January 2016. The most old-fashioned loggers hearken back to the age of the pioneers with the ultimate low-tech transportation method, horses. But clients come to Wood ‘n Horse for its sustainable practices and ease on the land, two advantages old-school logging has over machines. But some loggers still utilize horses as a more environmentally friendly way of clearing trees. To these foreign visitors, a World Heritage designation means, “This place has been vetted. The unintended effect now has been to shortchange the World Heritage Center—the same office that has been raising the alarm this year about destruction of cultural World Heritage sites by extremist Islamist rebels at Timbuktu in Mali. No question but that the program has helped save and protect great places all over the earth, and kept it a richer place for all of us.
All that UNESCO can do about a problem at a World Heritage site, whether Yellowstone or Timbuktu, is throw a light on it and suggest solutions.
Giving any outside agency a string of attachment to any of our historic sites is a mistake.

They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society. 24 aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, the expedition will feature former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, the first and only female to hold that position. These loggers swear horses are more effective, leaving the ground intact and primed for new growth. While people from many nations contributed to the process that led to the World Heritage Convention, it was two Americans who put forth the concept of an international list to honor and help protect both cultural and natural sites of significance to all humankind.
Easy to assume—after all, the common term is “UNESCO World Heritage site.” But no, the World Heritage Convention is a separate treaty, with a separate membership. This is the dangerous one, the sovereignty myth—that a country gives up sovereignty over the inscribed site.
States have already lost sovereignty by the sites being absconded by the Feds under the antiquities act of 1906.
Our goal was to help Congressional staffers spread the word about how World Heritage works, why it benefits the U.S. Joseph Fisher, a Democratic congressman, and Russell Train, Republican director of the Environmental Protection Agency under Richard Nixon, propelled it through to adoption in 1972. It designates UNESCO as the agency to administer the World Heritage list, but the World Heritage Committee, selected by Convention signatories, makes the decisions about it. During a controversy in the 1990s about environmental threats that put Yellowstone on the World Heritage “In Danger” list, the Park Service reported hearing from alarmed locals who sincerely believed that Wyoming was about to be invaded by U.N. They can advise, they can complain, and as an absolute last resort, they can ask the Committee to enact its worst possible sanction: Deletion from the list.
There was a protracted battle by our forefathers just to get a place (10 square miles) to house the Federal Government.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Center and a host of international specialists in nature and culture advise the Committee. After extensive evaluation, sometimes including recommendation for additional protection, the World Heritage Committee votes on whether to add it. To paraphrase Brimmer, this sort of  automatic ultimatum effectively puts policy decisions in the hands of the other guys, not the U.S.
In the corner of Utah, Wyoming and Colorado is the largest oil source on our Continent (reported to be over 2 trillion barrels) called the Green River formation.
The US government owns 85% of the land and all oil and gas recovery is prohibited.Remember when you look at a state map, our state properties are not contiguous, as the state boundary seems to imply.

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