World Heritage attracts and fascinates: media around the world publish thousands of articles about it every year and countries invest a great deal of work and money to get sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Yet not enough is known about the conservation and management efforts that go into protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the 1000+ sites that are currently on the List.
World Heritage in Europe Today, a UNESCO publication, released on 18 February 2016, brings together insights from States Parties, Site Managers and other stakeholders involved in the protection, conservation and management of World Heritage properties in the region. It gives an in-depth look at the current trends and practices while presenting a clear vision for future priorities. Drawing on the wealth of data that has emerged from the recently-completed Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, the publication features engaging graphics, analyses and case studies that highlight the experience of the thousands of people who are directly involved with the management and conservation of World Heritage in Europe—a region which accounts for close to half of the properties on the World Heritage List.
In addition, this publication not only highlights challenges involved in the conservation and management of World Heritage properties, but also a number of good practice examples taken from the day-to-day work of national authorities, site managers, experts and local communities in the region.
In doing so, this publication highlights the current realities of World Heritage in Europe, proposes recommendations for improvement and inspires innovative approaches for World Heritage in the 21st century.