35. The Committee took note that although such financial support appeared very modest in relation to the projects concerned, the World Heritage Fund should essentially play a catalytic role in assisting States Parties to procure the necessary funds to safeguard World Heritage properties. The World Heritage Fund should not be used for subventions of activities which normally should be supported at-the national level, e.g. to cover the salaries of the personnel ensuring the protection of World Heritage properties or to cover the costs of long-term training programmes. It rather should be used for specific, limited projects and to help the State Party concerned to more easily seek other sources of funds, including under bilateral cooperation agreements.
36. In this connection, the Committee requested the Secretariat, in consultation with ICOMOS and IUCN, to draw up a set of guidelines for technical cooperation and training requests, which should be relevant to the protection of properties on the World Heritage List and which should help States Parties to prepare their technical cooperation requests on the basis of established rules.