World Monuments Fund

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The Eri (tank) network in the Kazhuveli watershed region in Villupuram district that comprises of an incredible network of tanks created thousands of years ago is to be proposed for nomination to the World Monuments Fund Watch 2025 programme.

About World Monuments Fund

  • It is the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places to enrich people’s lives and build mutual understanding across cultures and communities.
  • Since 1965, our global team of experts has preserved the world's diverse cultural heritage using the highest international standards at more than 700 sites in 112 countries.
  • Partnering with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF draws on heritage to address some of today’s most pressing challenges: climate change, underrepresentation, imbalanced tourism, and post-crisis recovery.
  • Headquarter: New York City
  • In 2015, WMF India became the most recent entry to the World Monuments Fund family of affiliates, established under India's Companies Act, following the country's policy to include heritage conservation in corporate social responsibility programs

What is the World Monuments Watch?

  • It is a nomination-based program that connects local heritage preservation to global awareness and action.
  • Every two years, the Watch rallies support to places in need and the people who care for them, spotlighting new challenges.
  • At its core, the Watch’s call to action seeks to empower timely preservation efforts that improve the lives of communities.
  • The 2025 Watch will include 25 places, each telling an urgent local story with global relevance.

Q1) What is UNESCO?

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.It is specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). The constitution, which entered into force in 1946, called for the promotion of international collaboration in education, science, and culture. 

Source: Conservationists to propose Kazhuveli watershed region in T.N. for nomination to World Monuments Fund Watch 2025