Australia Welcomes Lifting of UNESCO Threat to List Great Barrier Reef as World Heritage in Danger
By Rod McGuirk
There are fears that a World Heritage in-danger listing would damage a tourism industry that revolves around the reef and employs more than 64,000 people.
Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridges are Headed for Global Recognition
By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
The bridges have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites.
Development and Conservation Clash at Indonesia’s Komodo National Park
By Victoria Milko
New development efforts pit hopes for more tourists against concerns about damaging the very same environment that draws them.
The Threat of a Dam Disaster in Luang Prabang
By Tom Fawthrop
The dam near Luang Prabang - both a World Heritage site and an seismically active zone - is “an irresponsible gamble,” experts argue.
UNESCO Calls for Heritage Assessment for Lao Hydropower Dam
By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N.'s cultural agency fears that the project might endanger the World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang.
Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?
By Tom Fawthrop
Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.
Cooperating to Save Laos’ Plain of Jars
By Kamonrat Chayamarit
With disaster management efforts just now underway, the Plain of Jars is an important example of safeguarding World Heritage.
The Trouble With Temple Restoration in Myanmar
By Luke Hunt
The country is only beginning to reexamine how it preserves its ancient temples.
Pakistan’s Vanishing History
By Daud Khattak
Pakistan's 2,000-year-old historical treasures are under threat from religious extremists and smugglers.
Australia’s Bid to Delist UN Protected Forest Rejected
By Jarni Blakkarly
UNESCO takes just 7 minutes to dismiss Australia’s bid to open up forest to logging.
Vietnam: The Ha Long Bay Alliance
By Katie Jacobs
A new initiative takes on environmental issues at one of Vietnam’s most renowned travel destinations.
Lumbini Discovery: Time to Push Back the Buddha’s Birthday?
Buddhism’s central figure may have lived more than a century earlier than previously thought.