19.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

World Heritage Site managers discuss sustainable development

©UNESCO / Wrapping up the WHS periodic reporting

Ha Noi, 12-13 May 2011 – Management staff from Viet Nam’s six World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites met to discuss sustainable development challenges and finalise and submit their periodic assessment to the World Heritage Committee.

Recognized for their outstanding universal value to humanity, World Heritage Sites such as Ha Long Bay and the Ancient City of Hoi An receive an increasing number of visitors every year. While this growth provides significant opportunity for Viet Nam’s tourism industry and brings new revenue streams to local communities, it must be balanced with conservation to ensure that the exceptional cultural and natural values of these sites are not jeopardized. Discussion sections at the workshop, which was conducted at Viet Nam’s newest World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Citadel, focussed on these challenges, with site managers sharing various solutions.

During the workshop, site managers were also supported to finalise an assessment of the state of conservation at their site. This comprehensive questionnaire is part of a reporting process required by the World Heritage Committee every six years that serves as a mechanism for co-operation and exchange of information while also reinforcing the values of World Heritage at each site.

The final results of the questionnaire will provide the basis for a global strategy to strengthen site management and conservation, to be launched at the 36th Session of the Committee in 2012 with the Asia and Pacific Regional State of the World Heritage Report.

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