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Managing Natural World Heritage

The goal of this Resource Manual is to help State Parties to manage natural values within World Heritage properties. As such it is aimed at natural and mixed World Heritage properties as well as cultural landscapes.

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Atlas World Heritage: sharing knowledge and skills amongst European World Heritage cities

The initiative Atlas World Heritage brings together the cities of Florence, Santiago de Compostela, Edinburgh, Oporto, Bordeaux to share their experiences and strategies to safeguard the sites’ OUV. The project has ...

Avebury Residents’ Pack: bringing together diverse stakeholders in Avebury (United Kingdom)

The Avebury Residents' Pack, developed between 2006 and 2008 by the local world heritage management office, aimed to reconnect the local communities with the archaeological sites in the village, bringing together ...

Challenges and opportunities of historic urban centres: case study of the Medina of Tunis (Tunisia)

To protect this historic site at the centre of a bustling metropolis and promote its sustainable development, several actions are addressing the preservation and promotion of its cultural heritage.  

Community-led urban planning in Durham (United Kingdom)

The City of Durham Neighbourhood Plan was developed between 2014 and 2021 following a comprehensive community-centred approach, which included a Neighbourhood Forum, extensive consultations and a public referendum. ...

Conservation as a driver for development: the case of Vigan (Philippines)

Along with the nomination process of the Historic City of Vigan as a World Heritage site in 1999, the local government developed an ambitious conservation and management plan for the site. By implementing this ...

Developing a participatory approach to World Heritage management in Mtskheta (Georgia)

National and local stakeholders are brought together in the Georgian World Heritage Protection Council. The Council reviews all proposals within the World Heritage properties and buffer zones and ensures adequate ...

From port city to World Heritage site: case study of George Town (Malaysia)

The multi-cultural historic city of George Town developed a strategy to build on its rich and diverse cultural heritage as a resource for local development and livelihoods after its free trade port status was ...

Managing Cultural World Heritage

This manual provides guidance for States Parties and all those involved in the care of World Heritage cultural properties on how to comply with the requirements of the World Heritage Convention.

Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage

This first Manual within the series concerns the management of disaster risks for World Heritage properties. It focuses on one approach to the principles, methodology and process for managing disaster risks at ...

Preparing World Heritage Nominations

The aim of this Resource Manual (Second Edition 2011) is to help States Parties to achieve good quality World Heritage nominations.

Promoting local development through heritage conservation and enhancement and tourism in the Island of Saint-Louis ...

After the World Heritage Committee warned in 2016 that the poor state of conservation of the property could lead to its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger, a number of local, national and ...

Setting up a World Heritage management framework in Kyiv (Ukraine)

A new, unified buffer zone and a management plan aim to preserve the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage site “Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” and ...

Special plan for the protection and restoration of the historic city of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

In order to face challenges such as urban gentrification, the abandonment of the city centre and the impact of tourism, the City of Santiago de Compostela developed a comprehensive framework for heritage ...

World Heritage in the Congo Basin

This publication is intended for both biodiversity specialists and the general public. It provides detailed information on two important initiatives undertaken by the World Heritage Centre for the preservation of ...