Welcome to an emerging community of practice.

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.

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.

Featured resources

In Hub Store you will find relevant online products, services and projects. Resources can be purchased separately, alternatively at accessed via one of the membership plans. Below are examples of specifically relevant products, services and projects availed through Hub Store. 

Featured resources coming soon.

Hub Store

Service options

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. 

Community

Free

Relevant for all government representatives & officials

 

The Club - community

Access to:

  • Community platform to connect and engage with other members
  • Catalysts - rooster of relevant expertise (direct booking) 
  • Partner offers specifically negotiates to support members 

 

The Hub - resources

Access to:

  • Knowledge commons co-created by the community
  • Resources and collaboration opportunities in Hub Store 
  • Open Space allowing community members to network and/or organise meetings 24/7
  • Events & thematic discussions 
  • Crowdsourcing of resources (coming)

 

WHETS*

Future features:

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Club

$33/m*

Also available paying fully or partly with ₩ (voucher)

Specifically relevant for World Heritage National Focal Points

 

The Club - community

Same as Community plan:

  • Access to more community spaces including collaborative spaces and workshops.

 

The Hub - resources

Same as Community plan:

 

VMAST

  • Invitation to regularly hosted VMAST circles supporting VMAST users
  • Access to VMAST Forum for collaboration around VMAST objectives
  • Access to VMAST Q&A
  • 20% discount on extended VMAST hosting plans (Teams / Collaboration)

 

WHETS*

Same as Community plan:

  • 1 (currently issued as voucher) upon renewal of monthly plan
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Catalyst

Upon quote

Also available paying partly with ₩ (voucher)

Specifically relevant for Governments supporting / coordinating use of VMAST for strategy development

   

The Club - community

Same as Community & Club plans:

  • Extended support upon identified needs.
  • Dedicated working space / Site lab to facilitate inclusive strategy development and/or implementation.

 

The Hub - resources

Same as Community & Club plans:

 

VMAST

Same as Club plan:

 

WHETS*

Same as Community & Club plan:

Contact for quote

* The World Heritage Exchange Trading System (WHETS) is in an early stage of development and currently applied as a voucher system.

Earn ₩