WORLD MONUMENTS FUND ANNOUNCES 2012 WATCH, ENCOMPASSING 67 THREATENED CULTURAL - HERITAGE SITES ACROSS THE GLOBE
Founding Sponsor American Express Grants $5 Million to Support ProgramFor Next Five Years.
For Immediate Release—New York, NY, October 5, 2011…At a press conference held at World Monuments Fund’s Empire State Building headquarters today, WMF President Bonnie Burnham announced the 2012 World Monuments Watch. Since 1996, the biennial Watch has drawn international attention to cultural-heritage sites in need of assistance, helping to save some of the world’s most treasured places. The 2012 Watch includes 67 sites, representing 41 countries and territories. Ranging from the famous (Nasca lines and geoglyphs, Peru) to the little-known (Cour Royale at Tiébélé, Burkina Faso); from the urban (Charleston, South Carolina) to the rural (floating fishing villages of Ha. Long Bay, Viet Nam), the 2012 Watch tells compelling stories of human aspiration, imagination, and adaptation. The 67 sites vividly illustrate the ever-more pressing need to create a balance between heritage concerns and the social, economic, and environmental interests of communities around the world. Moreover, in addition to promoting community cohesion and pride, heritage preservation can have an especially positive impact on local populations in times of economic distress, for example through employment and the development of well-managed tourism. Ms. Burnham stated, “The World Monuments Watch is a call to action on behalf of endangered cultural-heritage sites across the globe. And while these sites are historic, they are also very much of the present—integral parts of the lives of the people who come into contact with them every day. Indeed, the Watch reminds us of our collective role as stewards of the earth and of its human heritage. “I am enormously pleased to announce that American Express, founding sponsor of the World Monuments Watch, has made a generous new grant of $5 million in support of the program over the next five years. World Monuments Fund is deeply grateful for this new grant, and for the company’s steadfast support of more than twenty years.” in http://www.wmf.org/