World Heritage
World Heritage

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World Heritage

Glossary

criteria
in heritage terms, a list of conditions that must be met prior to listing on a statutory heritage register, such as the World Heritage List
cultural heritage
object, place or practice of heritage which is of human origin. The term is often used by way of contrast with natural heritage
cultural landscape
humanly modified landscape believed to be of importance due to the interplay of natural and cultural influences. A distinct category of cultural landscape was recognised in the revisions to the World Heritage Convention in 1992
ethnographic
scientific description of human groups (economy, society, culture), foundation method of anthropology as the comparative study of human groups
inscription
the identification and description of a heritage object, place or practice in order to confer legal protection. Sometimes the term ‘designation’ is used
natural heritage
plants, animals, landscape features and biological and geological processes which are not humanly modified. The term is most often used in opposition to cultural heritage
nomination
the process by which places are put forward for listing on a heritage register
restoration
in heritage parlance, returning something to an earlier condition, sometimes involving the removal of later additions or alterations and the replacement of lost elements
significance
in heritage terms, the relative importance of one heritage object, place or practice when compared with another
World Heritage Convention
The Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972, which established the World Heritage List and the process for listing World Heritage sites
World Heritage List
list of places considered by the World Heritage Committee to have outstanding universal value. The list was established by the 1972 World Heritage Convention
World heritage sites
places listed on the World Heritage List
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