Europe and North America
Every six years, all States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are invited to carry out a Periodic Reporting exercise concerning World Heritage on their territory. The Second Cycle, which was completed in 2012-2015 for the Europe and North America region, allowed the respondents to provide a self-assessment on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention at national and local levels and facilitated the update of information about the properties, recoding any evolution of their state of conservation.
Second Cycle Reports
Periodic Reporting Second Cycle Reports
© German Commission for UNESCO / Kolja Matzke
At its 39th session in July 2015, the World Heritage Committee adopted the Second Cycle Periodic Report for Europe, one year after adopting the Second Cycle Periodic Report for North America.
These detailed reports summarise the core outcomes of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the region and provide a unique insight into the state of conservation or properties across the region.
For Europe and for North America
© Our Place / Amos Chapple / Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
The Action Plan for Europe was developed jointly by the Focal Points of the Europe region, independent heritage experts, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.
This innovative Action Plan is presented as a framework. Rather than focus exclusively on region-wide priority needs, it also allows the users to set sub-regional priorities among the actions identified by the Focal Points themselves.
for North America
Following the adoption of the Periodic Report for North America, and in accordance with Decision 38 COM 10A, the States Parties of Canada and the United States of America have submitted an Action Plan for North America.
This Action Plan is structured to speak to the Strategic Objectives of the Convention (also known as the 5Cs) and is structured around 5 Result Areas with an implementation timeframe of 5 years.
A Follow-Up Survey
The World Heritage Committee endorsed the World Heritage Centre’s proposal to ensure a follow-up process for the Action Plan in form of a short biennial survey.
This survey would allow each State Party to
- Select which actions have been deemed of high priority
- And give, for those actions only, quantifiable information on the progress accomplished in the past two years.
Experiences of Periodic Reporting exercise
in the Europe region
© Christophe Graz
World Heritage National Focal Points and Site Managers play a very important role in the Periodic Reporting exercise process. They are the ones who best know the situation, challenges, opportunities and difficulties related to the management, protection, conservation and development of the World Heritage properties for which they are responsible.
Views and Opinions
As the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting is now closed, the World Heritage Centre has collected feedback from some Focal Points and heritage experts to give their views and opinions on the exercise.
in Europe Today
This publication is dedicated to all the Site Managers involved in the Periodic Reporting process, and to the national and local authorities who are—or will be—responsible for World Heritage.
World Heritage in Europe Today will bring together the experience, challenges and success stories of the thousands of people involved in ensuring the preservation of World Heritage properties in the Europe region, which accounts, with over 440 sites, for close to half of the World Heritage List.
The wealth of data that has informed this publication comes from the States Parties in Europe following the Periodic Reporting exercise and provides, at national and site levels, insights into the involvement of site managers, decision makers, conservation professionals, local communities and many other interested parties. It highlights the issues, difficulties and extraordinary creativity of stakeholders in ensuring that sites of outstanding universal value keep complying with the World Heritage Convention, whose overarching concern is that these sites be preserved for future generations.
10 Key Recommendations
Read a preview of one section of the publication.
The 10 Key Recommendations for World Heritage in Europe.
This platform was made possible with the kind support of
the Principality of Andorra
- State of conservation of Venice and its lagoon (Italy) Sunday, October 4, 2015
- Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in Europe Thursday, June 11, 2015
- Promotional meeting for the Polish edition of “Managing Cultural World Heritage – World Heritage resource manual” Nov 25, 2015-Nov 26, 2015
- Malta’s World Heritage sites are learning cases for interdisciplinary training on Disaster Risk Reduction Nov 14, 2015-Nov 19, 2015
- Conclusion of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in Europe and North America Jul 6, 2015-Jul 6, 2015
- 2nd Management Planning Workshop for transboundary protection of Lake Ohrid region Jun 3, 2015-Jun 4, 2015
- 1st Management Planning Workshop for transboundary protection of Lake Ohrid region Mar 25, 2015-Mar 26, 2015
- Final Periodic Reporting Meeting in Europe Dec 1, 2014-Dec 2, 2014
- World Heritage Capacity-Building in Europe Jun 22, 2014-Jun 22, 2014
- Information Meeting on the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for Europe and North America Jun 19, 2014-Jun 19, 2014
- Mid-Cycle Review Meeting on Periodic Reporting in Europe and North America Nov 22, 2013-Nov 22, 2013
- Workshop for National Focal Points from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Site Managers from Azerbaijan in the framework of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise Oct 29, 2013-Oct 31, 2013