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. It also aims to help States Parties to ensure that heritage has a dynamic role in society and harnesses, but also delivers to others, the mutual benefits that such a role can create. The English version of this document was published in November 2013, and the French version was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Managing Cultural World Heritage

This manual is intended as a tool for capacity-building for the effective management of heritage, and for World Heritage properties in particular. It is designed to help all practitioners:

  • to strengthen the knowledge, abilities, skills and behaviour of people with direct responsibilities for heritage conservation and management;
  • to improve institutional structures and processes through empowering decision-makers and policy-makers; and
  • to introduce a dynamic relationship between heritage and its context that will lead to greater reciprocal benefits through an inclusive approach, such that outputs and outcomes follow on a sustainable basis.

The main text of the Resource Manual explains what is involved in management for World Heritage, its context, its philosophies and its mechanisms. A set of appendices then offers guidance on how to put them into practice.

The titles in this series are produced as PDF online documents which can be downloaded free of charge. Free/non-profit use/reproduction of this manual is encouraged, always quoting the original source.

The French version of the manual can be downloaded here: