The latest online session of the World Heritage Site Managers Forum focused on the crucial role of people in the management and preservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Focused on “World Heritage Management – the People”, the session brought together site managers, heritage professionals and experts from around the world to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future directions of safeguarding these outstanding properties. .
Presentations during this session, held today 13 July, covered a range of topics related to World Heritage management, including community engagement, governance structures, decision-making processes and reconciliation of national systems with World Heritage requirements. Speakers highlighted different approaches to engaging diverse communities and highlighted the importance of values, attributes and contextual factors.
The session also explored various management responses to address pressing issues such as disaster risk management, climate change and tourism. Participants were encouraged to reflect on their own World Heritage properties and share the measures implemented in their respective countries to address these challenges.
With a total of 118 participants, the session aimed to develop the basis for the Forum’s declaration that would reflect the needs and aspirations of the global heritage community for the next 50 years. Discussions focused on identifying the responsibilities of people, institutions and systems, improving management planning and finding effective solutions through collaboration.
The successful conclusion of the online component marks an important milestone for the World Heritage Site Managers Forum, paving the way for future in-person components. This unique platform continues to promote collaboration, knowledge exchange and capacity building, ensuring the effective management and preservation of our shared global heritage for generations to come.