This document is a partial export of the World Heritage Policy Compendium


5    Policies Regarding COMMUNICATION

The World Heritage Convention encourages States Parties to strengthen the appreciation of the public for World Heritage properties and to enhance their protection through educational and information programmes.

The presentation and interpretation of World Heritage sites should, as set out in the Convention text, increase people’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of the need to preserve cultural and natural heritage, ensuring that future generations understand the values associated with this heritage and helping to increase stakeholders’ participation in the protection and presentation of heritage.

The Communication theme includes policies related to education, awareness raising, interpretation and use of the World Heritage emblem.

5.2    Interpretation

Operational Guidelines

Annex 5

“[World Heritage site] should consider visitor facilities that may include interpretation/explanation (signage, trails, notices or publications, guides); museum/exhibition devoted to the property, visitor or interpretation centre; and/or potential use of digital technologies."

ANNEX I. List of documents and texts

OG Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention (WHC.19/01 - 10 July 2019)