Latest Cultural preservation News

Writers: Russian attacks seek 'erasure' of Ukrainian culture

Dec. 02, 2022 12:22 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops in Ukraine are deliberately attacking the country's museums, libraries and other cultural institutions, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. and Ukrainian chapters of the international writers' organization PEN. “Culture is not...

Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands

Dec. 01, 2022 14:04 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government pledged to invest 350 million euros ($368 million) in the country's Doñana wetlands, a UNESCO world heritage site that ecologists say is dying due to the misuse of water and climate change. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced...

Slovenia beekeeping tradition gets UN world heritage status

Dec. 01, 2022 09:26 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is keeping its bee buzz on a roll. After Slovenia clinched United Nations support for establishing a World Bee Day in 2018, authorities said Thursday the small European nation's beekeeping tradition is being added to the U.N.'s list of cultural...

Cheers! Serbia's plum brandy gets UN world heritage status

Dec. 01, 2022 07:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — It's time to raise a glass for sljivovica - Serbia's traditional plum brandy that authorities said Thursday is being added to the U.N.’s list of intangible cultural heritage as a cherished tradition to be preserved by humanity. UNESCO experts gathering in...

Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 19:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he will bolster tribal consultations, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in decision-making and...

Crunch time: The baguette gets UN world heritage status

Nov. 30, 2022 12:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The humble baguette — the crunchy ambassador for French baking around the world — is being added to the U.N.’s list of intangible cultural heritage as a cherished tradition to be preserved by humanity. UNESCO experts gathering in Morocco this week decided that...

Australia argues against 'endangered' Barrier Reef status

Nov. 28, 2022 22:27 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s environment minister said Tuesday her government will lobby against UNESCO adding the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered World Heritage sites, arguing that criticisms of government inaction on climate change were outdated. Officials...

UN: Great Barrier Reef should be on heritage 'danger' list

Nov. 28, 2022 11:41 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A United Nations-backed mission is recommending that the Great Barrier Reef be added to the list of endangered World Heritage sites, warning that without “ambitious, rapid and sustained” climate action the world’s largest coral reef is in peril. The warning came...

Mine company's blasting of rock shelters likened to Taliban

Nov. 24, 2022 03:01 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian minister likened a mining company blasting ancient rock shelters to the Taliban’s destruction of giant Buddha carvings and vowed Thursday to improve protections of Indigenous cultural heritage. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said Rio...

Slavery's ghost haunts cotton gin factory's transformation

Nov. 22, 2022 10:21 AM EST

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There’s no painless way to explain the history of a massive brick structure being renovated into apartments in this central Alabama city — a factory that played a key role in the expansion of slavery before the Civil War. Dating back to the 1830s, the...