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UNESCO
Latvian National Commission
Reg. No. 90000089305
Pils laukums 4 – 206,
Rīga, LV 1050
Phone: +371 67 325 109
Fax: +371 67 222 762
E-mail: office@unesco.lv
latvijas dargumi

World Heritage

The most significant feature of the 1972 World Heritage Convention is that it links together in a single document the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties. The Convention recognizes the way in which people interact with nature, and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two.

Latvia has joined the World Heritage Convention in 1995. UNESCO member states are responsible for implementing the convention. In addition the UNESCO World Heritage Centre contributes to the implementation of the convention. The World Heritage Committee takes decisions about sites to be inscribed on the World Heritage List and deals with issues concerning the protection and development of World Heritage. A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination, for example the Latvian National Register in Latvia.

The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.