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A number of Belper residents find it hard to understand why Belper is  of such significance that it is considered to be part of a World Heritage Site when compared with other sites of worldwide renown such as Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and the Taj Mahal, India. The problem may be, to misquote an ancient saying, that “the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVM WHS) is not without honour except in its own town”.

We hope this and the following pages will help residents to understand why Belper is part of a World Heritage Site and the Town’s historic and technological significance on the world stage. There are 10 criteria for World Heritage status. A site must meet at least one of the ten criteria.

The criteria are:-

1) to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;

2) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;

3) to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;

4) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;

5) to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;

6) to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria);

7) to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;

8) to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;

9) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;

10) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.