World Heritage Governance Initiative

UNESCO World Heritage

In late 2016, the Center for Governance and Sustainability launched the World Heritage Governance Initiative. This initiative focuses on the evaluation and comparison of governance structures at cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sites such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Yosemite National Park in the USA or the Taj Mahal in India are being assessed in terms of their protective and preservative efforts as well as different organizational structures. Through this assessment, the initiative will create a comparative framework that allows for an innovative analysis of World Heritage Sites and will offer an opportunity to bridge the current divide between cultural and natural sites. A pilot project for this initiative was carried out over the summer of 2016. In this project, the case of the Bulgarian World Heritage Systems was analyzed and created a first overview of the possibilities the World Heritage Governance Initiative has to offer.

For questions and inquiries, please contact the Project Manager Eike Schmedt at