Advisory Boards at each World Heritage property

Published: 14 November 2020
Last edited: 14 November 2020

Local ownership, local responsibility and local involvement are tools for the best possible management of the World Heritage properties. With a view to strengthen ownership, responsibility and involvement, local World Heritage advisory boards have been established at each property. These boards include members from different stakeholder groups and authorities. The world heritage coordinator takes part in the World Heritage advisory board. The board will discuss issues of relevance for the management of the particular world heritage property, ensuring that local decision-making does not compromise but rather support the world heritage values of the property.


Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Management planning
Scale of implementation

Enabling factors

World Heritage Advisory Boards are developed and put in place within the framework of the Report to the Storting (white paper) no. 35 (2012-2013) The Cultural Heritage Policy (Chapter 4.8 World Heritage) and the Report to the Storting (white paper) no. 16 (2019-2020).

Lessons learned

  • World Heritage Advisory Boards are important tools for local involvement at World Heritage properties. The advisory board is a key element to coordinate the work of multiple stakeholders at one property.
  • The establishment of world heritage advisory boards have been important for raising awareness of the obligations in the management of world heritage properties.