Organized by: the World Heritage Center, UNESCO, IUCN, and the Natural Heritage Protection Fund (Russia) with support from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety at the International Academy for Nature Conservation, Isle of Vilm.

The Seminar dealt in lectures, case studies and discussions with the following topics:
− Implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Russia;
− Overview of the Convention with respect to natural and mixed sites and cultural landscapes;
− World Heritage and the Protected Areas System;
− Management planning for Russian World Heritage sites;
− State of Conservation of World Heritage sites: Reactive Monitoring;
− Periodic Reporting;
− IUCN's role in the Convention;
− Benefits of the Convention: Experiences from other countries;
− Fund raising and awareness building for World Heritage, development of alternative ways of nature management;
− World Heritage and the World Parks Congress.

he Seminar primarily focused on three major topics:
- Development of a variety of the World Heritage medium-term program focusing on protection of the environment and biodiversity: main goals, results and actions. Support given to the program by the Russian Federation Government and governments of the Members of the Federation.
Periodical reporting on conservation of the World Natural Heritage sites and its
application in the implementation of the Program: major logistics aspects and procedure issues that should be taken into account.
- First priority activities for the following two years that may help the managers of the Russian WH sites and their colleagues in enhancing efficiency of their management and efficacy of the World Heritage Convention.