Tourism and the World Heritage

With the promotion of sustainable tourism actions and improved tourism practices a concern at many World Heritage sites, the World Heritage Tourism Programme develops policies and processes for site management and for the state parties to the Convention to address this increasingly important management concern. It implements actions to preserve sites for future generations and contributes to sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.

Recent and ongoing work on the effects of tourism development projects on the inscribed values of individual sites include a project on the impact of tourism on the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, technical projects related to tourism in Dominica and St Lucia, and the wide diffusion and field- testing of a practical manual on managing tourism at World Heritage sites.

Further background is given on the left under UNESCO's contribution to other chapters in the Mauritius Strategy, such as those on 'Biodiversity resources' and 'Culture'.

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