IHBC features ‘Heritage from the Global doorstep’: World Monuments Watch accepting nominations for 2025, closing 15/03/24

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is accepting nominations for the 2025 World Monuments Watch, to 15 March 2024.

WMF writes:

The World Monuments Watch is a nomination-based program that connects local heritage preservation to global awareness and action. The Watch rallies support to places in need and the people who care for them, spotlighting new challenges and the communities worldwide harnessing heritage to confront the crucial issues of our time. Through this initiative, World Monuments Fund (WMF) partners with the people who know these places best, amplifying their efforts through advocacy, capacity building, and close collaboration with WMF’s expert team and professionals across the globe.

The 2025 World Monuments Watch invites nominations for heritage places facing urgent challenges and where preservation can bring transformative change and creative solutions.

Heritage places hold great meaning for individuals and communities around the globe. They are sources of inspiration, memory, and identity, as well as places where people live, work, worship, play, and create. Yet in our dynamic and rapidly changing world, these places can face numerous threats. Experienced locally, such threats often resonate with pressures to heritage across our planet—from unsustainable tourism and unchecked urbanization to natural disasters and climate change. At the same time, heritage holds huge potential to address contemporary societal needs. It can enhance resilience, drive sustainable development, and foster mutual understanding across peoples and cultures. In a world grappling with many shared challenges—from environmental degradation to persistent inequalities to human conflict to forced migration, among others—the ingenuity of local solutions can resonate far beyond the bounds of a single community.

Recognizing the breadth of challenges affecting places and people around the world, the Watch seeks nominations that highlight how heritage preservation can respond today and help build a stronger future.

Preserving heritage is a collective effort. The Watch invites you to nominate a site.

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