World Heritage: how to improve the Technical Evaluation process for sites on the UK Tentative List

Article date: 3 Apr 2015, Author: Helen Maclagan & Moira Nash

Applying to become a World Heritage Site is a lengthy and competitive process. The UK has in place a Technical Evaluation process for sites wishing to proceed to nomination to the World Heritage Tentative List. Following the 2013 Technical Evaluation, the UK National Commission for UNESCO began an evaluation of previous rounds in order to make recommendations for consideration to help make future rounds more effective.

This Policy Brief is informed by the results of that evaluation. It recommends early publication of a timetable on a central website, where all appropriate information is made available. It also suggests an iterative approach, starting with seminars where the process is explained to Tentative List sites, and continuing with dialogue and workshops involving national agencies and advisory bodies. In this context the Policy Brief emphasises the importance of Outstanding Universal Value, which comprises meeting one or more of the criteria for Inscription.