2016 World Monuments Watch

A Beacon for Heritage

The 2016 World Monuments Watch features 50 sites in 36 countries that are at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change.

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Brighter Futures for Five 2016 Watch Sites

Heritage sites in Nepal, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom will receive significant new funding in support of their preservation efforts, thanks to a $1 million grant from American Express.

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Moseley Road Baths

An Edwardian time capsule still in use and serving a diverse urban community, the site is now at risk of closure due to cutbacks in government spending.

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Averly Foundry

Recognized widely as one of Spain’s most significant industrial complexes, Averly Foundry is slated for demolition.

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Dalieh of Raouche

Used as a public space for more than 7,000 years, the Dalieh of Raouche may become the latest victim of a development frenzy that has destroyed or privatized many of Beirut’s open spaces.

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Unnamed Monument

Deliberate and calculated attacks on cultural heritage sites hurt local populations whose citizens are losing their cultural heritage and history.

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Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park is an oasis that offers opportunities for leisure activities for residents and tourists alike, but planning and vision are needed for the Park to continue to be enjoyed by the public.

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Spaç Prison

A notorious labor camp, Spaç Prison is in an extremely advanced state of deterioration, and deserves to be transformed into a modern place of remembrance.

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Watch Day was launched in 2012 to bring communities together in celebration of their heritage and traditions. By raising awareness on global and local levels, positive changes are happening at Watch sites around the world. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Watch?
  • Does the Watch provide project support?
  • What does inclusion on the Watch mean?
  • How do I nominate a site to the Watch?
  • How are sites selected for the Watch?

The World Monuments Watch is World Monuments Fund’s flagship advocacy program. It was launched in 1996 with support from founding sponsor American Express to call international attention to cultural heritage around the globe threatened by the forces of nature or the impact of social, political, and economic change. Every two years, WMF accepts nominations for sites in need of international awareness. For many historic sites, inclusion on the Watch provides an opportunity to raise public awareness, foster local participation in preservation, leverage resources for conservation, advance innovation and collaboration, and demonstrate effective solutions. Since its inception, the Watch has provided support for more than 600 sites, and has become a powerful vehicle for understanding and addressing the range of challenges confronting the field of heritage conservation today. 

Inclusion on the Watch does not guarantee funding from WMF. However, many sites have been able to use the attention drawn from the Watch to promote their cause and raise funds. By capitalizing on the Watch as a platform for visibility and community engagement, local entities have leveraged public and private support for Watch sites totaling over $240 million since the creation of the program in 1996. WMF has contributed an additional $100 million toward projects at more than 275 Watch sites.

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.

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.

The Watch has an online nomination process. We are currently not accepting nominations. To receive a notification when the next call for nominations goes out, subscribe to our e-newsletter at the end of the page, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Sites are nominated to the Watch and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Significance of the site
  • Urgency of the conditions or opportunities for change
  • Viability of a feasible plan of action

Nominations undergo a rigorous review process conducted by WMF staff, independent experts around the world, and a final selection panel. 

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