Satellites and World Heritage Sites, Partners to Understand Climate Change

The exhibition moves from the UN Climate Change Conference (Cancun), to Campeche, Mexico

December 2010 - January 2011

After the success of this unique UNESCO Exhibition in Cancun, the heritage conservation authorities of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage site, requested to hold the Exhibition in their city.

The town of Campeche is an urbanization model of a Baroque urbanizationcity (1686-1704), with a grid layout, surrounded by an irregular hexagon corresponding to the defensive belt which encircled the town and protected it from pirate attacks. UNESCO was honored by beingto be able to showcase this Exhibition in the most visited place part of the Historic Centre: the main square located just in front of the Cathedral and the Municipal Palace. This is the place where during the weekend the locals come to sit down and hear regional music.

Taking advantage about of the fact that each Tuesday schools from the inner parts of the State of Campeche are being brought to visit the Historic Centre each Tuesday, UNESCO organized presentations to teachers and school children as well as guided visits to the Exhibition.

The Exhibition remained in Campeche during Christmas and the New Year, which is a holiday season in Campeche which is local vacation time. This enabled allowed the people of Campeche to enjoy the UNESCO Exhibition and to learn about climate change. The Historic centre of Campeche is being affected by Climate Change: severe rains cause now frequent flooding in the city; anomalous hurricanes hit the Historic Centre at least once per year.

From Campeche, the UNESCO Exhibition was moved, under by request of the local authorities, to Ciudad del Carmen, another Mexican city of the State of Campeche.

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