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7/1/14 - World Heritage Belongs to Us All

Heritage is our past, present and future. For forty years The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been identifying, protecting and preserving World Heritage (WH) sites considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This week Susi talks with Peter Debrine, UNESCO's Senior Project Officer of Sustainable Tourism about some of the newest WH sites, and how we can all help to protect our World Heritage.

Zacatecas, Mexico
World Heritage site
Photo by Susi Raphael

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Peter DeBrine

Mr. DeBrine joined the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 2011 as a Programme Specialist where he is spearheading the implementation of a new World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme. Previously he was the Director of the World Heritage Alliance at the United Nations Foundation—a global community of travelers, members of the travel industry, government groups, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations working together to preserve and protect World Heritage sites while supporting local communities.

With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Mr. DeBrine held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum where he worked with major hotel companies to create practical sustainability strategies and tools for the tourism industry. Previously, Mr. DeBrine worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues in the US and Europe. Mr. DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.

World Heritage Sites

Aapravasi Ghat
Aldabra Atoll
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
Central Suriname Nature Reserve
Chief Roi Mata’s Domain
Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
Colonial City of Santo Domingo
Desembarco del Granma National Park
East Rennell
Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison
Historic Centre of Camagüey
Historic Inner City of Paramaribo
Kuk Early Agricultural Site
Le Morne Cultural Landscape
Levuka Historical Port Town
Morne Trois Pitons National Park
National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers
Old Havana and its Fortification System
Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Pitons Management Area
Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Viñales Valley

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