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reference : CL/WHC. 5 /2001
20 July 2001
Subject: Documentary film on the World Heritage Conservation Cycle
Dear Madam / Sir,
I am pleased to send you herewith a copy of a documentary film entitled “World Heritage:
Ours to Cherish, Ours to Protect”. This 14-minute documentary film was produced by the World
Heritage Centre in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, thanks to the contributions of the World
Heritage Committee and our media partners in Germany and Japan (Südwestrundfunk, Tokyo
Broadcasting System and Walk Associates).
It highlights key aspects of the World Heritage Conservation process, from the identification
of World Heritage sites by the States Parties, to the management of the sites once they are inscribed.
This film also gives the historical background to the adoption of the World Heritage Convention and
draws attention to potential and existing threats that weigh upon some of the sites.
“World Heritage: Ours to Cherish, Ours to Protect” is not a commercial film production. It
was produced for educational purposes at the site level. It can serve as a training tool for volunteers
and professionals on location and to inform the general public visiting your site.
I hope you will enjoy this new film and that it will contribute to facilitating your work in
promoting the need to protect World Heritage. Thanking you for your devotion to the preservation of
World Heritage, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
To : World Heritage site Manager