Updated to include two years of changes in the World Heritage Sites list.
World Heritage Sites are designated by UNESCO which judges them under strict criteria with a view to the aim that they reflect the world's cultural and natural diversity and are of outstanding universal value. Sites that no longer meet these criteria are delisted. There are currently 1,073 World Heritage Sites.
Review of previous edition:
Best Reference 2009. "The beauty of this book is in both the lavish photographs and the accessibility of information... An excellent (and affordable) addition to any library."
-- Library Journal
This eighth edition contains all 1,073 World Heritage Sites in 168 countries, principalities and island states in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, the Arab States, Latin America, the Caribbean and the world's oceans. Forty-two are new to this edition.
New additions made since 2015 include:
World Heritage Sites attracts a general readership of travelers and those with an interest in natural or cultural history, geography, architecture, heritage preservation, and wildlife habitats and conservation. At a time when knowledge of global history, culture and natural heritage has never been more urgent, it is a timely addition to all bookshelves.
Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has the ambitious goal to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, social and natural science, culture and communication. It is based in Paris, France.