Europe and North America

World Heritage in Europe Today

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 World Heritage List.

World Heritage in Europe Today, a UNESCO publication, brings together the experience, challenges and success stories of the thousands of people who are directly involved with World Heritage in Europe - a region which accounts for close to half of the World Heritage List.

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Periodic Reporting

Every six years, all States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are invited to carry out a Periodic Reporting exercise concerning World Heritage on their territory. The Second Cycle, which was completed in 2012-2015 for the Europe and North America region, allowed the respondents to provide a self-assessment on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention at national and local levels and facilitated the update of information about the properties, recoding any evolution of their state of conservation.

Second Cycle Reports

Periodic Reporting Second Cycle Reports

© German Commission for UNESCO / Kolja Matzke

At its 39th session in July 2015, the World Heritage Committee adopted the Second Cycle Periodic Report for Europe, one year after adopting the Second Cycle Periodic Report for North America.

These detailed reports summarise the core outcomes of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region and provide a unique insight into the state of conservation or properties across the region.

Action Plans

For Europe and for North America

© Our Place / Amos Chapple / Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

Action Plan
for Europe

The Action Plan for Europe was developed jointly by the Focal Points of the Europe region, independent heritage experts, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies. 

This innovative Action Plan is presented as a framework. Rather than focus exclusively on region-wide priority needs, it also allows the users to set sub-regional priorities among the actions identified by the Focal Points themselves.


Action Plan for Europe
WHC-15/39.COM/10A

Action Plan
for North America

Following the adoption of the Periodic Report for North America, and in accordance with Decision 38 COM 10A, the States Parties of Canada and the United States of America have submitted an Action Plan for North America.

This Action Plan is structured to speak to the Strategic Objectives of the Convention (also known as the 5Cs) and is structured around 5 Result Areas with an implementation timeframe of 5 years.


Action Plan for North America
WHC-15/39.COM/10A

 

A Follow-Up Survey

The World Heritage Committee endorsed the World Heritage Centre’s proposal to ensure a follow-up process for the Action Plan in form of a short biennial survey.

This survey would allow each State Party to

  • Select which actions have been deemed of high priority
  • And give, for those actions only, quantifiable information on the progress accomplished in the past two years.


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Experiences

Experiences of Periodic Reporting exercise
in the Europe region

© Christophe Graz

World Heritage National Focal Points and Site Managers play a very important role in the Periodic Reporting exercise process. They are the ones who best know the situation, challenges, opportunities and difficulties related to the management, protection, conservation and development of the World Heritage properties for which they are responsible.
 
 
Views and Opinions
 As the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting is now closed, the World Heritage Centre has collected feedback from some Focal Points and heritage experts to give their views and opinions on the exercise.


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Events (31)
Decisions (20)
Show 39COM 10A.1 Final Report on the Results of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for the Europe Region and Action Plan
Show 39COM 10A.2 Final Report on the Results of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for the Europe Region and Action Plan
Show 38COM 10A.1 Final report on the results of the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for North America and Progress report for the Europe and North America region
Show 38COM 8E Adoption of Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value
Show 38COM 10A.2 Final report on the results of the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for North America and Progress report for the Europe and North America region
Show 37COM 10B Progress report on the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for Europe and North America
Show 36COM 10B Progress Report on the follow-up of the First Cycle and preparation of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for Europe and North America
Show 35COM 10C.2 Progress Report on Periodic Reporting in the Europe and North America region
Show 34COM 10B.3 Progress Report on Periodic Reporting in Europe and North America
Show 32COM 11C Follow up on the Periodic Report for Europe