UNESCO World Heritage: serial properties and nominations = Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO : biens et propositions d'inscription sériels

Ceesay, Baba, Cesi, Adele, Guo, Zhan, Kulikauskas, Paulius, Löfgren, Rolf, Ould Mohamed Kaber, Namy, Palmer, Guy, Ruegger, João L., Sanz, Nuria, Suzon Ramangason, Guy, Thiel, Andreas, Thorarinsdottir, Ragnheidur and Wanderi, Hoseah (2010) UNESCO World Heritage: serial properties and nominations = Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO : biens et propositions d'inscription sériels. Conference Volume. Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Bern, Switzerland, 85p. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

The concept of serial nominations is a significant innovation of the World Heritage system: it allows the recognition of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) in a series of related sites and provides a mechanism to encourage coherence and cooperation in their protection and management. Where the serial sites lie in the territory of different States Parties, the serial, transboundary nomination can provide a catalyst for international cooperation — something that is at the heart of the World Heritage Convention. In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number and complexity of serial, transnational nominations being developed, some involving large numbers of properties and States Parties. These include the multiplicity of sites along the Silk Roads from East Asia to the Mediterranean, the extensive network of main lncan Roads in South America, and the natural and cultural sites along the Great Rift Valley in Africa associated with migratory birds and early man. All of these initiatives demonstrate the desire by some States Parties to engage in protecting properties across boundaries. What they have alSo bought into focus is the considerable challenges for the serial nomination process, related not only to the identification of OUV for such extensive col¬lections of sites, but also to the practical management of large numbers of compo¬nent parts, spread over many countries. ICOMOS welcomed the offer by the Government of Switzerland to host a workshop in Ittingen, in response to the request of the World Heritage Committee to consider these challenges, as part of the overall reflection on the Future of the World Heritage Convention. The workshop provided the opportunity for delegates to consider how the emergence of extensive serial nominations might be seen as a posi¬tive development for the World Heritage Convention, as well as how to avoid circumstances where serial nominations might become so large that they could simply become unworkable in terms of delivering effective protection and management and meeting the requirements of integrity, or, in extreme cases, might challenge the credibility of the Convention. The workshop also provided the opportunity to consider whether in some instances extensive collections of properties could be better nominated as smaller elements linked by some sort of thematic framework, or be recognised by other means than those offered by the World Heritage Convention. The fundamental issues that emerged during the workshop discussions related to how OUV is identified for serial nominations, how individual components sites contribute to the whole serial property, how such properties might be identified in Tentative Lists, how they should be presented to the World Heritage Committee and how ultimately they might be managed. What is clear is that large, complex serial properties may take many years to prepare for nomination, have high costs and can thus be seen as presenting high risks for States Parties. In order to optimise their resources and to minimise these risks, there is clearly a need for impartial guidance to be available from the Advisory Bodie on work in progress for such aspects as the viability of the serial approach, the overall OUV, the choice of components and the comparative analysis. Although serial transnational nominations can be seen to create opportunities for the' identification and recognition of OUV for ensembles of sites spread around a region or even around the world, if they are to be seen as a positive contribution to international collaboration, and to good conservation and management, there is a need to find ways to evaluate the benefits they deliver against the resources needed to nomi¬nate, evaluate and manage them, in order to ensure that they are contributing in a positive way to the Global Strategy and to en¬hancing the credibility of the Convention. The workshop provided a very timely opportunity for participants to debate these issues and ICOMOS welcomes the publication of the workshop papers as a contribution to the development of a strategy that could allow serial, transnational nominations to become a positive force for global conservation. [Introduction for ICOMOS by Susan Dreyer, World Heritage Adviser]

Item Type: Book (Conference Volume)
Ceesay, Baba
Cesi, Adele
Guo, Zhan
Kulikauskas, Paulius
Löfgren, Rolf
Ould Mohamed Kaber, Namy
Palmer, Guy
Ruegger, João L.
Sanz, Nuria
Suzon Ramangason, Guy
Thiel, Andreas
Thorarinsdottir, Ragnheidur
Wanderi, Hoseah
Martin, Olivier
Gendre, Samuel
de Lumé Mosca, Paola
Corporate Authors: Swiss Federal Office of Culture; UNESCO World Heritage Centre; ICOMOS; ICCROM; IUCN
Languages: English, French
Keywords: World Heritage; serial nominations; methodology; conservation policy; conference proceedings; international cooperation; case studies; cultural heritage; natural heritage; Senegal; Gambia; Italy; Finland; Sweden; Germany; United Kingdom; South Africa; Madagascar; Brazil; Iceland; French Polynesia; Kenya; China; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Argentina; Bolivia; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; meetings; reports
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 09. Nomination file
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Stone Circles of Senegambia, Senegal & Gambia; Rock Drawings in Valcamonica, Italy; High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago, Finland & Sweden; Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Madagascar; Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Germany & United Kingdom; Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, Brazil; Taputapuātea, French Polynesia; Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya; Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor, China & Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan; Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System; Saharan cultural itineraries; Moravian settlements; Monuments of Viking culture
UNESCO WHC Number: 1226; 94; 898; 1257; 430; 893; 1529; 1060; 1442; 1459
National Committee: ICOMOS International
Institutions & Partners: UNESCO WHC
Number of Pages: 85
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2023 14:37
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 14:21
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/3061

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