In 2004 a three-year series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites was launched with a view to better utilizing the UNESCO Convention on the World’s natural and cultural heritage through national policy-making and planning, and the exchange of information on best practices and case studies.

The second training workshop in the UNITAR series will build on the findings of the 2004 Workshop, which discussed the social impact of World Heritage sites at the time. The value-based management suggested in 2004 will be further applied in the 2005 workshop, which aims at studying the project design of World Heritage management plans. The Workshop will assist national decision-makers in visualizing potential World Heritage site management in such a way, for instance, as to balance conservation and use of resources, empowering and benefiting the local community and protecting the site from the negative impacts of development and major tourism influx.