The idea of World Heritage hasn’t worked out as planned. Has it fallen victim to its own success?

Fifty years ago, the international community came together to try and protect the world’s most important cultural and natural treasures.

The gathered countries signed the World Heritage Convention, an international treaty that launched the World Heritage List — a list of places that have “outstanding universal value” to humanity.

The language was lofty and the ideals were sky high.

Since then, there’s been 1,154 sites added to the World Heritage List, ranging from the Taj Mahal to Yosemite National Park to the Galapagos Islands to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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