Reflections on the Use of Heritage Charters and Conventions
Independence Plaza, in the historic center of Quito. In 1978, Mesa Verde, Quito, and Krakow were among the first 11 places to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. The list was established by the 1972 World Heritage Convention, which seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Photo: Guillermo Aldana.