Welcome to World Heritage Catalysis

- a commons oriented & transformative community of practice

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”

- preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO adopted 1945

Let us gather around natural and cultural World Heritage of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity to build and defend a Culture of peace - a set of values, attitudes, traditions and modes of behaviours and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations (United Nations General Assembly 1999)

Our Shared Heritage

Recognised through the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972) as a precious legacy for all, World Heritage sites of 'Outstanding Universal Value' embody the wonders of nature and the creativeness of humankind.

A New Approach

A flourishing economic tourism sector has contributed an economic model essential for protecting the heritage sites and what they offer. But it’s a mixed blessing. Too much tourism overwhelms the sites and harms their integrity. Disruptions and fall-off’s in tourism cause economic recession. The future of World Heritage sites and wellbeing of associated communities needs a more stable, less ecologically damaging approach.

Commons & Commoning for the Future

For World Heritage to facilitate transformative change, they have to be recognised and managed as commons - natural and cultural heritage belonging to humanity and cared for through community. The practice of commoning brings communities together around three core elements: (a) participatory problem-solving and governance, (b) on-going cooperation and capacity development, and (c) integrated and innovative management. With its transformative potential, commoning could be the key to securing the future of World Heritage sites as humanity's shared, precious and life enhancing heritage. 

Transformative tourism & visitor management

World Heritage Catalysis invites you to join this emerging commons oriented community of practice applying innovative tools and technologies in transformative tourism and visitor management protecting irreplaceable heritage while building adaptive and resilient communities.

Everyone are welcome!

To join this emerging community please identify the stakeholder group you feel most associated with and sign up with one of the plans. The Community plan isfree allowing everyone the opportunity to join. The Club and Catalyst plans are more specific and allows for a more active engagement. Please let us know if you have suggestions on how the plans and content can be improved to better serve your needs and speak to your interests.

THE CLUB - community
THE HUB - resources