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Launched in 1996, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the globe that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. The 2016 Watch continues this tradition of identifying places with compelling opportunities for positive change.
The call for nominations to the 2016 World Monuments Watch is now closed.
Download the Nomination Guidelines
Download a Sample Nomination Form
Why nominate to the Watch?
The Watch advocates for the preservation of heritage sites by raising international awareness, promoting local engagement, inspiring heritage stewardship, and advancing innovation and collaboration.
Does the Watch provide project support?
Forty percent of Watch sites have received WMF project support since 1996, totaling more than $90 million. By capitalizing on the attention raised by Watch listing, local entities have leveraged additional project support for Watch sites totaling more than $200 million.
What does Watch listing mean?
The Watch is not a permanent designation, nor does inclusion on the Watch reflect poor management or stewardship of a site. By featuring new sites every two years, the Watch focuses attention on a wide range of conservation challenges and opportunities around the globe.
What types of sites can be on the Watch?
Heritage sites from all time periods—ancient to modern—are eligible for inclusion on the Watch. Since its inception, the Watch has included more than 740 in 133 countries and territories around the world.
How are sites selected for the Watch?
Sites are nominated to the Watch and evaluated using the following criteria:
- Significance of the site,
- Urgency of the conditions or opportunities for change, and
- Viability of a feasible plan of action.
Who can nominate a site to the Watch?
Anyone can nominate a site to the Watch, including private individuals or representatives of government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofits, or other non-governmental organizations familiar with a site.