Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Caribbean Wins one more from UNESCO World Heritage



The Caribbean has a new World Heritage Site. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed the Antigua and Barbuda Nelson's Dockyard on the World Heritage List this week.
After more than a decade of preparatory work, Nelson's Dockyard is the third Caribbean World Heritage Site to be admitted in this decade arising from intensive engagement with stakeholders.

Congratulations to Antigua and Barbuda
It is among 21 new sites deliberated on and admitted by the World Heritage Committee meeting in Turkey before the session was adjourned due to the political unrest.

It. follows the admittance of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountain in 2015 and Barbados in 2011.
Congratulations to my friends and colleagues who worked within Antigua and Barbuda and outside in the region and beyond in this new addition to recognition of Caribbean World Heritage.
As you know inscription may be a huge win but a small step to winning the battle in conservation, protection and sustainable use.
Looking forward to seeing Antigua and Barbuda help lift the standards of management, conservation and  appreciation of Caribbean Heritage in the region and activate to benefit from its sustainable tourism heritage potential among others.
Recalling here with a with a montage our world heritage and cultural activities during the preparation of the nominations.  ...
My colleagues involved in this are all ecstatic. For me  it reflects that seemingly intangible actions bring tangible results...the hands-on prep work with communities and stakeholders at all levels through the Caribbean over the last decade - education, outreach, networking, lobbying from villages to the halls of UNESCO...and that all three  Small Island Caribbean sites admitted during this decade - the last five years in particular is a direct co-relation to active and sustained actions to build visibility for recognition/ appreciation of Caribbean Heritage, culture centred sustainable development, conscientious tourism and harnessing national regional and international energies. Time to Celebrate... 
Kudos to an ecosystem and networks that made this happen against tremendous odds hiccups and challenges
For an island ... it takes a world of effort .... 
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