Around 150 experts and stakeholders concerned with World Heritage met on 11 November 2016 during this year's “Denkmal” event at Leipzig Fair to exchange experience and views regarding World Heritage interpretation. The event was organized by the State Ministry of Internal Affairs of Saxony in cooperation with the Institute of Industrial Archeology and History of Science and Technology of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, ICOMOS Germany, the German Commission for UNESCO, as well as other partners.
One of the core tasks enshrined in the World Heritage Convention, next to the conservation of monuments and nature, is education. While much has been achieved, there is a need for continued action to fulfill UNESCO's educational mission. The conference therefore served as a discussion forum and a platform to present approaches to and challenges of World Heritage interpretation in various sectors and fields of action, and to discuss possible measures for further development and enhancement. Representing one of three natural heritage sites in Germany and, at the same time, a transboundary property, Rüdiger Strempel, Executive Secretary of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, introduced participants of the meeting to the Wadden Sea World Heritage and the transboundary cooperation between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
“Cooperating across national boundaries to safeguard a World Heritage site poses specific challenges, but also offers tremendous opportunities. The Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation rises to the challenge, leverages the opportunities and presents a successful example of how international political cooperation can work to conserve natural heritage for present and future generations,” Strempel noted.