Protecting World Heritage sites from the adverse impacts of climate change : obligations for States Parties to the World Heritage Convention

Huggins, Anna (2007) Protecting World Heritage sites from the adverse impacts of climate change : obligations for States Parties to the World Heritage Convention. Australian International Law Journal, 14, pp. 121-136.

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Through its mandate to protect and preserve places of ‘outstanding universal value’, the World Heritage Convention provides an unlikely yet effective tool in global efforts to mitigate climate change. The practical efficacy of the Strategy to Assist States Parties to Implement Appropriate Management Responses (‘the Strategy’), which represents the World Heritage Committee’s primary response to the threats posed by climate change to World Heritage sites, is undermined by its weak stance on mitigation. This paper argues that the World Heritage Convention imposes stronger obligations on States Parties than those contained in the Strategy, including a duty on States Parties to commit to ‘deep cuts’ in greenhouse gas emissions. In order to ensure the continuing success of the World Heritage Convention States Parties must engage in extensive mitigation strategies without delay.

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ID Code: 82054
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: World Heritage Convention, climate change, mitigation, World Heritage Committee, States Parties
ISSN: 1325-5029
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 International Law Association - Australian Branch
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2015 00:09
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 23:11

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