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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Although Iíve just started my last year of high school, I am growing more concerned about my planet and wish to look at volunteering or learning more about how I can help make a difference. Can you suggest any organizations that I might look at? Once I figure out the country that I wish to explore, I really want to do a work placement there or even live there next summer.

A: The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is an excellent start. You can reach them by writing to The World Heritage Centre UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP, France or by emailing them at wh-info@unesco.org or by visiting them online at whc.unesco.org.

Some of their programmes worth exploring are the Man and Biosphere programme from the Division of Ecological Sciences, Science Sector UNESCO. For details log onto

http://www.unesco.org/mab. The Cultural Heritage Division Sector for Culture UNESCO has info at http://www.unesco.org/culture.

In addition, youíll see on the web site that there is a shopping list of organizations around the world listed that can serve as a perfect introduction to your research. Some of the organizations listed include: The German World Heritage Foundation http://www.welterbestiftung.de/,

The Organization of World Heritage Cities http://www.ovpm.org,

UNEP-WCMC The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, http://www.unep-wcmc.org,

ICOMOS International Council on Monuments and Sites, log onto http://www.icomos.org

The IUCN World Conservation Union at http://www.iucn.org/themes/wcpa/wheritage/wheritageindex.htm


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