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Starlight at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee

Starlight Tourist Destinations

Starlight Destinations are visitable places characterised by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource. The Starlight Tourism Certification System was created with the aim of encouraging, at world-wide level, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.The Starlight Certification seeks to guarantee the capacity to enjoy the view of the stars and...

Windows to the Universe

The scientific dimension of a starry night is an essential part of the legacy of the sky. The ability of the planet’s astronomical sites and observatories to detect and interpret data from outside the world we live in should be considered as a resource of extraordinary value for the progress of knowledge, as it has been throughout history. Dark skies are still the windows to our knowledge of the greater Universe. Unfortunately current areas devoted to astronomical observation do not enjoy ap...

Starlight Reserves

A Starlight Reserve is a site where a commitment to defend the night sky quality and the access to starlight has been established. Its main function will be to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associate values, whether they are cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, or landscape-related. A Starlight Reserve will have a core or dark zone. This is an unpolluted area where natural night sky light conditions are kept intact. This core zone will be protected by a buffer or prote...

Star Parks - One Star at a Time Programme

A StarPark is a window to the firmament that each community voluntarily designates to enjoy the starry night sky. Its function is to claim and secure the right to starlight, especially for future generations.
Just as communities designate areas for recreation, sport, the enjoyment of nature or silence, these same sites and others can be places where the starry sky is enjoyed. A StarPark is an oasis that each community designates for stargazing/observing, a site where to learn under the st...
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10Jul 2015

Side Event Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative - achievements and issues

1 July 2015, Bonn, Germany

The meeting marked ten years of the "Astronomy and World Heritage" Thematic Initiative, as well as eight years of fruitful collaboration between UNESCO and the IAU in promotion of scientific heritage.

The event represented an opportunity to review achievements and issues, including published and planned Thematic Studies, the "Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy" website , involvement in upstream processes, and ongoing nomination project proposals.

Speakers on the conference included:

Prof. Clive Ruggles, President-­‐elect of the IAU new Commission on "World Heritage and Astronomy"

Ms. Anna Sidorenko, Coordinator of the Thematic Initiative “Astronomy and World Heritage”,UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Prof. Michel Cotte, ICOMOS International

Mr Cipriano Marin, Coodinator of Starlight Initiative (Spain)


Side Event - 39th session of the World Heritage Committee

From left to right: Cipriano (Starlight IInitiative), Clive Ruggles (IAU), Michel Cotte (ICOMOS), Anna Sidorenko (UNESCO-WHC)


Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative

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