Guidelines for the Preparation of
Serial Nominations to the World Heritage List
This set of guidelines is designed to assist States Parties prepare serial nominations for the World Heritage List.
The Operational Guidelines (paragraph 19) provides for the inscription of serial nominations on the World Heritage List. A serial nomination is any nomination which consists of two or more unconnected areas. A single World Heritage nomination may contain a series of cultural and/or natural properties in different geographical locations, provided that they are related because they belong to: (i) the same historico-cultural group; (ii) the same type of property which is characteristic of the geographical zone; or (iii) the same geological, geomorphological formation, the same biogeographic province, or the same ecosystem type, and provided that it is the series, and not necessarily each of its components taken individually, which is of outstanding universal value.
A serial nomination should be treated as a single nomination, not several nominations packaged together under a single cover letter.
The core difference between a serial nomination and a single-site nomination to the World Heritage List is in the way in which the proposed property is identified in the Nomination Format's Section 1, Identification, through the use of a serial nomination table. In the following pages, we present a sample Section 1 for a fictitious nomination, annotated to highlight the differences and opportunities for preparers.
All eight sections of the Nomination Format should be presented only once. However, if extensive information is available about each component of a serial nomination, it may be desirable to prepare a small booklet on each, presenting the DESCRIPTION (Sec. 3) and DOCUMENTATION (Sec. 7) separately. Use of this format does not alter the need for a common IDENTIFICATION or JUSTIFICATION sections (Sec. 1 and 2).
The use of common sections for 4.MANAGEMENT, 5.FACTORS AFFECTING THE PROPERTY, and 6.MONITORING highlights the need for a common management regime for all parts of the serial nomination.
Serial nominations can be used to nominate many properties in the same thematic group or geological period in a single nomination dossier. Recent successful examples have included the Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium, 1999), the Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, 1996), Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (Japan 1994), Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania (Romania, 1993,1999) or the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) (Australia, 1994).
Serial nominations may also be used for transboundary properties, such as Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis (Argentina and Brazil, 1984): Other examples discussed include the Roman Limes in Europe, Historically significant suspension bridges, or the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. Transboundary nominations must be jointly signed and submitted by all States Parties concerned.
These guidelines do not replace the provisions of the existing Operational Guidelines or Nomination Format. Both may be found on the web site of the World Heritage Centre at:
PROPERTIES FOR INCLUSION ON
THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST Example adopted for use for a serial nomination
In preparing the nomination, State Parties should delete the explanatoy notes furnished beneath each entry.
1. Identification of the Property
Together with Section 2, this is the most important section in the nomination dossier. It must make clear to the Committee precisely where the property is located and how it is geographically defined. In the case of serial nominations, insert a table that shows the name of the component part, region (if different for different components), coordinates, area and buffer zone. Other fields could also be added (page reference or map no., etc.) that differentiate the several components.
a. Country (and State Party if different)1 Republic of ATLANTIS b. State, Province or Region Western Somany (region) c. Name of Property Classical Atlantis and its Marine Reserve This is the name of the property that will appear in published material about World Heritage. It should be concise. Do not exceed 200 characters, including spaces and punctuation. In the case of serial nominations, give a name for the ensemble (e.g., Baroque Churches of the Philippines). Do not include the name of the components of a serial nomination, which should be included in the serial nomination table.Serial nomination table for
Classical Atlantis and its Marine Reserve
Ref. No.2 Name Location or Municipality3 Coordinates of Centre point4 Area of core zone (ha) Buffer zone (ha) Map Annex5 001 Ruins of the town of Mercuria Nova Mecuria 36°11'55" N,
4.5 10.0 1, 2 002 Statute of Neptune Omnis Proprium 36°12'46"N,
0.25 2.0 1, 3 003 Ancient Via Tuscanum * Nova Mercuria 36°13'10" N,
70,000.00 1,400,000 1, 2, 4, 6 004 Mount Inexhaustible Nova Mercuria, Litenia, Omnis Proprium 36°10'34" N,
156,560.00 none 1, 4,5 005 Marine Reserve Omnis Proprium 36°11'12" N,
13,300,000.00 none 1 TOTAL 13,526,564.75 1,400,012
* Linear property, 3.5 km long and 20m wide. It has a buffer zone that extends 200m on either side of the right-of-way6
d. Geographical coordinates to the nearest second In this space provide the latitude and longitude coordinates (in decmal degrees or to the nearest second) or UTM coordinates. Do not use other coordinate systems. If in doubt, please consult the World Heritage Centre. In the case of serial nominations, provide a table showing the name of each property, its region (or nearest town as appropriate), and the coordinates of its centre point, Coordinate format examples:
45° 06' 05" N; 15° 37' 56" W or
UTM Zone 18 Easting: 545670 Northing: 4586750See serial nomination table above.
e. Maps, and plans if available, showing boundary of area proposed for inscription and of any buffer zone7
Annex to this dossier, and list below with scales and dates:
- An original copy of the officlal topographic map showing the property nominated, at the largest scale available which shows the entire property. The boundaries of the core area and buffer zone should be clearly marked. Either on this map, or an accompanying one, there should also be a record of the boundaries of zones of special legal protection from which the property benefits.(Multiple maps may be necessary for serial nominations.) Maps may be obtained from the addresses shown at whc.unesco.org/map-agencies.htm.
- a Location Map showing the location of the property within the State Party,
- Plans and specially prepared maps of the property showing individual features are helpful and may also be annexed.
To facilitate copying and presentation to the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Committee, it is extremely helpful to include both an A4-size reduction and a digital image file of the principal maps.Maps Annexed to the nomination are keyed to the Serial nomination table above.
- "Atlantis" Scale: 1:250,000. Atlantis Mapping Agency, 1985
- "Nova Mercuria" Scale 1:25,000. Atlantis Mapping Agency, 1990
- "Omnis Proprium, Sheet 2". Scale 1:5,000. Omnis Proprium Planning Office, 1996
- "Litenia West". Scale 1:25,000. Atlantis Mapping Agency, 1934 (Out of print, photocopied from the collection of the Nova Mercuria Historical Society.)8
- "Mount Inexhaustable". Scale 1:25,000. Atlantis Mapping Agency, 1954
- "Via Tuscanum World Heritage Area". Scale 1:7,500. Atlantis World Heritage Committee, 2001
f. Area of property proposed for inscription (ha.) and proposed buffer zone (ha.) if any
Core area: _________ ha.
Buffer zone _________ ha.
Total _________ ha.
In the case of serial nominations, the serial nomination table should be used to show the size of the core areas and of the buffer zone(s).
See serial nomination table above.
[Refer to Explanatory notes of the Nomination format for guidance on completing the remainder of the nomination dossier.]
2. Justification for InscriptionThis section should be common to all components of the serial nomination.
3. DescriptionAn overall description should be provided for the serial nomination. The nomination may be accompanied by separate booklets containing the description of, and documentation for, the several components of the serial nomination. Every element listed in the serial nomination table should be described. It may be helpful to include the site element number given in the table.
4. ManagementThis section should be common to all components of the serial nomination.
5. Factors Affecting the PropertyThis section should be common to all components of the serial nomination.
6. MonitoringThis section should be common to all components of the serial nomination.
7. DocumentationThis section may be common to all components of the serial nomination. See description, above.
8. Signature on behalf of the State PartyThis section should be common to all components of the serial nomination.______________________________
1. If the serial nomintion is transboundary, then "State Party" should also be in the table.
2. Use this reference number to cross reference particular elements in different parts of the nomination.
3. If the nomination is in more than one State or Province, a separate column for state or province should be included in the table. Alternatively, if all parts of the property are in the same town, this field may be omitted from the table.
4. Use Lat/Long or UTM coordinates. Do not use other coordinate systems.
5. Indicate here the relevant maps which have been annexed to the nomination. The map annex should be keyed to the list of maps provided in Section 1(e).
6. If more than one linear property is included in the nomination, it may be useful to include this information in the table.
7. Each map should clearly show the core and buffer zones of the nominated property. If the zones of other protective legislation are shown, be sure that the core and buffer zones of the proposed World Heritage property are clearly marked.
8. Maps do not have to be current, if the location can be clearly shown on an older map which is out of print. Out of print maps should be clearly photocopied, at the same scale as the original, and the source of the original noted.