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Comparative Research on the Proportion and Combination Sorts of Adopted Criterions of World Heritage between the Globe and China

DING Chao   

  1. Institute of Historical Geography, College of Envioronmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, 100871
  • Received:2005-09-07 Online:2006-03-20 Published:2006-03-20

Abstract: There are some differences on content, narrative and arrangement order of the criterions between the 2005 edition of Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (hereinafter referred to as "The Operational Guidelines") and the 2002 provisional revision edition. Those differences embody the new tendency in the criteria for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage List. So, it is worthy to research the criterions in the point of the development of world heritage projects in China. On the basis of full statistics, the paper analyses the proportion of adopted criterions and combination sorts of 788 world heritages on the World Heritage List of 2004 systematically, and especially, compares those with China. It is unfair to properties of China for inscription on the World Heritage List in the past years because almost each of them should meet more criterions than the international common level, but many heritage resources meet 1-2 criterion(s) can not be inscribed into the list timely. The quota of world heritage of each year and each State Party in the 2005 edition of The Operational Guidelines will pose an obstacle to the inscription of heritage resources of China in the future. So, the State Parties of China should adjust the policy, and apply for new kinds of world cultural heritage and all kinds of natural heritages effectively, then, change the unreasonable regulations in the actual Operational Guidelines through proper way.