World Heritage Site Periodic Reporting
In 2011, States Parties in the Asia-Pacific region are invited to submit to the World Heritage Committee (WHC) a periodic report on the application of the World Heritage Convention. In this report, States provide the WHC with an update on the state of conservation of all World Heritage properties in their territory, both at the national level and at the site level. This exercise presents an opportunity for World Heritage site management boards to conduct an overall assessment of site management. In 2011, the sites inscribed before 2007 also need to draft a retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for their sites.
From 2010-2011, UNESCO Viet Nam supported MOCST’s Department of Cultural Heritage (DCH), the agency responsible for national oversight of Viet Nam’s World Heritage properties, and the management boards of six World Heritage sites to undertake the periodic reporting exercise based on WHC guidelines.
Focal points from each site attended trainings in Taiyuan, China and Jakarta, Indonesia, on the periodic reporting process, the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and on drafting updated SOUV’s. These focal points then worked together with site managers and DCH staff to complete and submit the periodic reports for each site.
The data collected during the periodic reporting process will be analyzed by the World Heritage Center and a final report on the status of World Heritage sites in Asia Pacific will be shared with all participating State Parties. The report will also present a strategy for strengthening the protection of World Heritage sites in the region.
To supplement the results of the regional report, UNESCO Ha Noi is currently conducting a capacity needs assessment of Viet Nam’s World Heritage sites, the results of which will be used to develop a capacity building strategy for the sites during the period of 2012-2016. The assessment is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.