The procedure

Published on 16 November 2018 - Updated 13 December 2019
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How can an OUV assessment be carried out, ensuring that the conditions are shared by everyone? How can a strategy be defined in which maintenance or enhancement of the OUV helps to shape the future region?

Under the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, States must endeavour to protect their heritage and a list is established of properties of outstanding universal value. Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention set forth the procedures for managing the Properties, which are defined and updated at regular intervals by the World Heritage Committee, consisting of representatives of the States Parties to the Convention. 

To ensure proper management of each Property, there are key principles to apply: 

The fundamental Unesco principles

  • Consideration of the OUV: "Protection and management of World Heritage properties should ensure that the outstanding universal value, the conditions of integrity and/or authenticity at the time of inscription are maintained or enhanced in the future" (Article 96);
  • Development and implementation of a Management Plan for each nominated Property (Articles 108 to 110);
  • Requirement for States Parties to inform the World Heritage Committee oftheir "intention to undertake or to authorize in an area protected under the Convention major restorations or new constructions which may affect the outstanding universal value of the property (Article 172).
  • Performance of an impact study each time "exceptional circumstances occur or work is undertaken which may have an effect on the state of conservation of the property" (Article 169).

Regular assessments of the state of conservation of Properties shall give rise to Periodic Reports (Articles 199 – 202). 

How can an OUV assessment be carried out, ensuring that the conditions are shared by everyone? Over and above an essential inventory of heritage sites and landscapes, the purpose is to characterise the heritage to be transmitted by examining what this transmission means and developing a corpus of knowledge for it under jointly recognised conditions. 

How can a strategy be defined in which maintenance or enhancement of the OUV helps to shape the future region? How does the “World Heritage resource” contribute to development and how is the defined strategy fully conveyed in the project governance and rules? 

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