State of Conservation Information System (SOC)
Conserve and transmit to future generations
The significant number of reports prepared by the UNESCO Secretariat and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee represents an exceptional documentation on numerous conservation issues. It is one of the most comprehensive monitoring systems of any international conventions.
How is the state of conservation of the sites monitored after their inscription?
Find all the sites whose state of conservation has been examined by the World Heritage Committee
Compilation of useful guidances and advice notes aiming at an improved conservation of Heritage
Get a statistical insight of the conservation
of World Heritage since 1979
Number of properties examined each year
Distribution of the properties examined since 1979,
Distribution of the properties examined since 1979,
per category of heritage
Get geographical visualization
of the conservation of World Heritage since 1979
States parties and Regions
Search by RegionAfrica Arab States Asia and the Pacific Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean
Search by State PartyAfghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cabo Verde Cambodia Cameroon Canada Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Cook Islands Costa Rica Côte d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Democratic People's Republic of Korea Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Holy See Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People's Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia (Federated States of) Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Republic of Korea Republic of Moldova Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Thailand the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Republic of Tanzania United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
Reactive monitoring process
It is the reporting by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of specific World Heritage properties that are under threat.
The properties to be reported upon are selected, among all those inscribed on the World Heritage List, according to the following considerations...
The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies review all information available on the state of conservation of the properties foreseen for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its next session...
Subsequently to the examination of the SOC report during its ordinary session, the World Heritage Committee adopts a decision, which may take one or more of the following steps...
Since the early years of the World Heritage Convention (1979) until 2002, the Bureau had a substantial role in the coordination of the work of the Committee to the extent of examining all the reports on the state of conservation...
World Heritage properties are also reported on through the Periodic reporting exercise. Indeed...
The standard list of threats/factors affecting the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties consists of a series of 14 primary factors, encompassing each a number of secondary factors.
Useful tools and guidance
Guidance and advice notes
World Heritage Paper Series
Other useful online tools
InforMEA (United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements)
Arches : Heritage Inventory & Management System
IUCN World Heritage Outlook
UNEP & IUCN World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)
Ramsar Sites Information Service
Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee
ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Other UNESCO Conventions and Programmes
Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and its Second Protocol (1999)
Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970)
Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (1978)
Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)
Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)
Global Geoparks Network
Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)
Other conventions and agreements
UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity)
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
CMS (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals)
Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands)
AEWA (Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds)
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
UNCDD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification)
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals) - Mining and Protected Areas
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- La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO exprime sa vive inquiétude devant la montée des violences en République Centrafricaine, au cœur du site Tri National de la Sangha vendredi 3 mai 2013
- Strengthening Collaboration for the Dja Faunal Reserve Monday, October 13, 2014
- La Fondation Franz Weber et l’UNESCO en partenariat pour le patrimoine mondial vendredi 15 février 2013
- UNESCO strengthens action to safeguard cultural heritage under attack Tuesday, August 12, 2014
- State of conservation of Alto Douro Wine Region (Portugal) Monday, August 4, 2014
- 2014 State of conservation reports now available online Tuesday, May 20, 2014
- New database : State of Conservation of World Heritage properties Saturday, November 16, 2013
- New World Heritage state of conservation information system accessible to public Wednesday, December 5, 2012