01.07.2017 Site Managers' World Heritage Forum
The World Heritage Convention sets out the responsibilities of the States Parties to identify, protect and manage natural and cultural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). While appropriate conditions for proper protection are nearly always generated at State level, most of the obligations associated with World Heritage inscriptions are usually met at the level of specific sites and this is best achieved with the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. Their knowledge of the Convention and their understanding of the World Heritage system has a significant impact on the protection of OUV.

Within each group of stakeholders, a single manager often emerges as the key responsibility holder who oversees and leads site-specific managerial decision-making and who, for the purposes of this background note, we will call World Heritage 'site managers'. Depending on the type of heritage at stake, they can come from very different realities – the public or private sector, heritage or non-heritage organisations, etc. It is often they who play the most crucial role in ensuring the Convention is implemented. They reconcile the expectations and requirements of the international heritage community with the needs and potential of the specific heritage with which they are involved.
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