Enhancing our Heritage

The World Heritage Programme is currently undertaking an update of the Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit, published in 2008. Originally designed to assist with management effectiveness assessments at natural sites, the revisions aim to make it applicable for cultural sites as wells.

Continuing on from the adaptation work conducted through the ICOMOS-IUCN Connecting Practice project, the toolkit is undergoing major revisions implemented by IUCN with generous funding from the Swiss Federal Office for Environment. The toolkit content will be fully aligned with the integrated management manual for World Heritage currently being drafted, allowing them to be used together.

We are working with a small number of sites worldwide on various testing activities, to verify if the changes to the toolkit are useful and applicable.

The toolkit revision will be completed at the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023.