World Heritage Fund
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The Fund for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, called "the World Heritage Fund", was established under Art. 15 of the World Heritage Convention. Its resources consist primarily of assessed contributions by the States Parties of the Convention and may be used only for such purposes as the World Heritage Committee shall define.
Consultation Survey 2018
Online consultation survey concerning a voluntary annual fee by the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List - Follow-up
for completing the survey
6 April 2018
At its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), the World Heritage Committee decided “to initiate a consultation process on a possible annual fee for World Heritage listed properties on a voluntary basis by requesting the Secretariat to send out a survey to States Parties, in order to verify from their local administrations in charge of management of inscribed sites of the possibility of paying an annual fee to the [World Heritage] Fund, depending on their financial autonomy and capacity to pay and report back to the Committee” (Decision 40 COM 15).
The consultation was launched online on the World Heritage Center website in English and French (https://whc.unesco.org/en/world-life-funds/), on 31 January 2017. The consultation period lasted 4 months in total (31 January to 29 May 2017).
The results of the online survey, conducted by the World Heritage Center, were presented to the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (2017, Krakow), in Document WHC/17/41.COM/INF. 14.I. In addition to a brief analysis of the results of the survey, this document contains in annex the list of replies given by States Parties to the question of the possibility for World Heritage properties to pay or not a voluntary annual fee.
Results of the online consultation survey carried out in 2017 have been made public
and are reviewable through the link below.