Top 5 Heritage Heroes of the World: World Heritage Day 2024

The World Heritage Day 2024 will be celebrated on 18 April 2024. The day focuses on preserving the natural and cultural heritage for future generations. Let us explore the unsung heroes who marked a supreme importance to save the heritage.

Wangari Muta Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai was a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya. She founded the Green Belt Movement and planted over 30 million trees in Africa to eradicate deforestation, soil erosion, and poverty. Her work protected natural heritage and empowered women.

Bibhuti Lahkar

Bibhuti Lahkar is an Indian conservationist and ecologist who researched grassland ecosystems in Assam. Bibhuti fought against poachers to safeguard the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza

As the Director-General of UNESCO, Mayor Zaragoza from Spain championed the cultural heritage around the world. He expanded the world heritage list and fostered international cooperation for preservation.

Cheikh Anta Diop

Cheikh Anta Diop was a renowned scholar and historian from Senegal who dedicated his life to promoting the rich African culture and history. His work helped to dismantle colonial narratives and restore African history to the world.

Bantu Lukambo & Josue Kambasu Mukura

Both Lukambo and Mukura risked their lives to save the Virunga National Park from threats like extractive activities, poaching, and armed militia groups.

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