New Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of World Heritage Management

Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit2.0 CoverUNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee – ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ICOMOS and IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) - have released a newly revised toolkit for assessing the effectiveness of management systems of World Heritage properties. Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit 2.0 offers a World Heritage-specific methodology of management effectiveness assessment that can be applied to cultural, natural and mixed sites.

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Yearly Evaluations volumes

Année / Year



1999 PDF - 4,30 MB PDF 4 MB
2000 PDF - 2 MB PDF - 2,5 MB
2001 PDF - 1,8 MB PDF - 1,8 MB
2002 PDF - 800 KB PDF - 850 KB
2003 PDF - 1,6 MB PDF - 1,7 MB
2004 PDF - 5 MB PDF - 5,2 MB
2005 PDF - 19 MB PDF - Partie I - 11,2 MB
PDF - Partie II - 10,6 MB
2006 PDF - 57 MB PDF - 59,2 MB
2007 PDF - 54,5 MB PDF - 54,4 MB
2008 PDF - 150 MB PDF - 150 MB
2009 PDF - 180 MB PDF - 180 MB
2010 PDF - 141 MB  PDF - 102 MB
2011 PDF - 56,7 MB PDF - 56,7 MB
2012 PDF - 44 MB PDF - 46 MB 
2013 PDF - 32,7 MB PDF - 46 MB 
2014 PDF - 38,9 MB PDF - 41 MB 
2015 PDF - 60,1 MB PDF - 60,2 MB
2016 PDF - 80,7 MB PDF - 86,2 MB
2017 PDF - 71,4 MB PDF - 74 MB
2018 PDF - 13,3 MB PDF - 13,6 MB
2019 PDF - 57,6 MB PDF - 59,2 MB

Advances in current practice

World Heritage Resource Manuals

ICOMOS contributed to a series of resource manuals jointly prepared by the Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. These manuals contribute to training and capacity-building in areas where States Parties and World Heritage Site managers require increased support, such as management of natural and cultural World Heritage, preparation of nominations and disaster risk management. See the World Heritage Resource Manuals

Connecting Practice project in collaboration with IUCN

The World Heritage Convention brings together nature and culture in a single international conservation instrument. Nevertheless, a divide is still often observed between these two areas. The Connecting Practice Project is a joint initiative of ICOMOS and IUCN launched in 2013 to promote a more global consideration of cultural and natural heritage within the framework of the World Heritage Convention. It aims to develop conceptual and practical approaches that recognize the interaction between natural and cultural values of heritage properties. The first stage of the project ended in 2015. See the final report of the Connecting Practice project


Photo:  Konso cultural landscape, Ethiopia © Flickr / David Stanley

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