chapter  23
Sense matters: aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef: Celmara Pocock
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The earliest legislation and administration governing the identifi cation and protection of cultural heritage places was developed within Old World countries, and exported to the New World in colonial contexts. The way in which heritage places are identifi ed and assessed around the world continues to share many features of this colonial legacy, in spite of the diversity of cultural and social contexts in which they operate.1 Many of the conservation frameworks developed under these regimes include a series of criteria by which the signifi cance of heritage places can be assessed. Although there have been some shifts in how criteria are interpreted and defi ned, the underlying premises on which they are based have remained unchanged. This is clearly illustrated by criteria used to assess aesthetics of heritage places.