The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative is a rich and diverse endeavour involving the remarkable work of organizations, young volunteers, and communities mobilized around heritage conservation.

The initiative started in 2008 with 12 action camps and 153 volunteers. By the end of 2017, 341 action camps had been implemented at 138 sites in 60 countries, involving 110 organizations and more than 5,000 volunteers.

Through “Empowering Youth for Heritage – 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers initiative”, we celebrate the outstanding achievements of the WHV Initiative – the commitment and engagement of the organizations, coordinating partners, institutions and volunteers towards preserving our heritage beyond territories and boundaries, while paving the way for engaging with new organizations, institutions and volunteers in the years ahead.

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