February 6, 2012
Candice Gaukel Andrews
On November 16, 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the World Heritage Convention. It was an historic milestone: The treaty was a giant step forward in helping to protect and conserve those places around the planet that “through their natural beauty or cultural resonance have left an indelible mark on humanity’s collective imagination.”
In 1978, UNESCO declared the Galápagos Islands one of its first twelve World Heritage Sites — not surprising, given the islands’ incredible naturalness and unique geologic, biologic, and human history.
Since then, more than 188 countries have ratified the convention and more than 936 separate sites have been placed on the list.
Learn more about the yearlong celebration.
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