Revision of the Management Plan

Published: 25 July 2023
Last edited: 25 July 2023

The Management Plan is key for the successful management of Bryggen as a WH site. It provides a good understanding of the OUV and other heritage values and it identifies the attributes and provides an overview of potential challenges for the protection of the site.

With the establishment of the new WH management structure, the revision of the management plan by the Advisory Board started in 2018. The WH Coordinator with 4 members of the Advisory Board worked closely in the development of the revised management plan.

Whenever needed, additional contributions from different officers and specialists were included, however the focus was put on keeping the process internal to ensure ownership of the plan by all concerned actors, ensuring that they will contribute to its implementation once adopted. The management plan was adopted by the WH Board in 2020 and the action plan was approved in 2021.


Co-management building
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Management planning
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase

Enabling factors

  • Clear definition of how the revision should proceed and which involvement is needed by the Advisory and World Heritage boards was vital,
  • WH coordinator played a key role in coordinating all efforts and acts as focal point for all actors involved.

Lessons learned

Preparing and revising a management plan for a WH site is a good opportunity for the local actors tasked with WH management to agree on a shared understanding of the OUV and other heritage values of Bryggen and identify attributes conveying these values

The revision was key in establishing some common management goals and to begin the discussion around potential need for capacity building during this process.

The revision of a management plan is a rather time-consuming process; one therefore needs to be prepared to commit to it with sufficient time and resources. There are often different views on the purpose and aim of the management plan. The preparation of the new plan should involve different stakeholders and the process of management planning offers a space to discuss their different challenges and agendas with an understanding that it may be difficult to embrace all differences.

A management plan is an ongoing process and constantly needs improvement, both on content and on the process itself.  

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