State Party & Government
- for sustainable development
States Parties to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972) are entrusted a number of responsibilities. Besides nominating sites onto the World Heritage List and carrying the overall responsibility for the management and protection of these sites, States Parties and their governments are called to ensure the relevance of World Heritage in a sustainable development perspective.
Besides post-pandemic recovery and the need to decarbonise travel and tourism, there is an urgent need to strengthen the resilience, adaptive and transformative capacities across all sectors, stakeholders and communities. I the face of future disruptions anticipated with biodiversity loss, climate change and limits to growth an alternative development paradigm translating into regenerative practices is urgently needed.
Responsibilities (policy guidelines)
World Heritage Catalysis hosts an emerging commons oriented community of practice applying new and innovative tools with the aim to support transformative tourism and visitor management enhancing the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities living in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Making use of open educational tools and resources provided through UNESCO, it offers an inclusive platform where States Parties and governments may support participatory governance and stakeholder involvement. More specifically, it may serve as a platform lending itself to a dedicated application of the UNESCO World Heritage Visitor Management Assessment & Strategy Tool (VMAST) supporting transformative visitor management for the protection of heritage values while localising the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As governments may be prevented from signing up for membership plans, the following alternatives are costed as services that may be renewed (or not). It will also be possible for government stakeholders to purchase resources directly from the Hub Store. Alternative arrangements can also be made to serve specific needs and budgets.
Joining the community is free. Content and fees for the paid plans may change without prior notice, but never negatively affect current memberships.