02.03.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

UNESCO Space for Heritage activities (From Space to Place) at the ‘World Heritage in Germany’ Exhibition

© DLRThe Wadden Sea, Germany/Netherlands

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the German Federal Foreign Office presents in Berlin, from 28 February to 13 April 2012 the exhibition ‘World Heritage in Germany’.

Designed in collaboration with the German UNESCO Commission, the UNESCO space partner the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the University of Paderborn (Germany), this Exhibition aims to give the visitors an overview of the 36 World Heritage sites in Germany.

The exhibition presents different perspectives of the German World Heritage sites. Photographs of German World Heritage sites and installations about the German beech forests provide an overview of the diversity and beauty of World Heritage in Germany. The museum education programme ‘World Heritage in the suitcase’ developed by the University of Paderborn show miniatures from some World Heritage sites. Finally the satellite images from DLR illustrate the human ‘fingerprints’ on World Heritage sites. These images provide ‘a unique perspective of these sites. They are fascinating pieces of art, but also an important tool to monitor World Heritage sites. They can assist to detect early changes and developments and they can be monitor in the long term’ said Ms Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State at the Foreign Office, at the opening of the Exhibition.

Since 2007 UNESCO and the German Aeropsace Center signed a cooperation agreement in order to make use of space technologies to support the World Heritage Convention.

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