Studies on the World Heritage List

One of Hamas waterwheel on the Orontes river Syria copyright Nancy Goldring banque dimages ICOMOS


Thematic Studies

ICOMOS undertakes comparative and thematic studies, often with partner organizations, in order to provide a synthesis of current research and knowledge on a specific theme and/or region. In particular, these studies provide State Parties wishing to submit a property for inscription on the World Heritage List with a framework to carry out comparative analyses. See Thematic Studies


The World Heritage List: Filling the gaps - An Action Plan for the Future

Commonly referred to as the "Gap Report", this 2005 report is the result of a study carried out as part of the Global Strategy for a Balanced, Representative and Credible World Heritage List. Through an analysis of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, this publication identifies the categories of sites and the regions that are best and least represented today. It also observes the trends for the future revealed by the tentative lists, before suggesting measures to achieve a better representativeness of the World Heritage List. ICOMOS is currently working on the updating of this study. See the Gap Report


Photo: One of Hama's waterwheels on Orontes river (Syria) © Nancy Goldring / ICOMOS