An online framework guide to best practice World Heritage management
The World Heritage Convention recognises that it is the duty of States Parties to ensure the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage situated on its territory. The Australian Government works collaboratively with governments and property managers in the relevant states and territories to fulfil this obligation.
This online guide collates best practice World Heritage management principles and showcases their application in practice. It is a toolkit for property managers and advisory committees and a useful resource for anyone interested in how World Heritage is managed in Australia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre website is the primary source of information on World Heritage, including the World Heritage Convention and the most up to date version of the Operational Guidelines. The website is also a repository for best-practice publications, as well as information, photographs, documentation and decisions for each property on the World Heritage List.
World Heritage is the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre. Published quarterly, it features in-depth articles on cultural and natural World Heritage sites which are useful for World Heritage property managers. It is available on the World Heritage Centre website and on a World Heritage app through various app stores.
The websites for the advisory bodies to the World Heritage Committee also contain a number of resources which managers are likely to find helpful:
ICCROM-International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
ICOMOS-International Council on Monuments and Sites
IUCN-International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
This web guide has been prepared in partnership with the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee (AWHAC). It provides a jumping-off point into the World Heritage system for property managers and advisory committees in Australia and is not intended to be exhaustive. It does not necessarily represent the policies of the Australian Government.