The "Policy document on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage properties", adopted by the 16th General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, has been published in English and French.

The document was prepared with the participation of relevant climate change experts and practitioners of heritage conservation and management, appropriate international organizations and civil society, and was also endorsed by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

The document touches on synergies between conventions on the issue; identification of future research needs in this area, legal questions on the role of the World Heritage Convention with regard to suitable responses to Climate Change, and linkages to other UN and international bodies dealing with the issues of climate change.

The document can be downloaded below and elsewhere on this website. A printed copy can be requested by writing to