Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Buffer zones and conservation of properties

According to the World Heritage List, buffer zones have been cited as an important tool for conservation of properties. For a long time the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, and the protection of the “surroundings” of the inscribed properties was considered an essential component of the conservation strategy, for cultural and natural sites alike. The World Heritage Committee took up this concept and included it into the Operational Guidelines as one of the elements to be considered in the preparation of a nomination proposal. The expert meeting on buffer zones held at the Schatzalp in Davos, Switzerland, was organized to foster the reflection on the role of buffer zones in modern conservation practices at the site level and on the support they can offer to cope with new challenges and threats. The meeting brought together experts of cultural and natural heritage sites from all regions of the world, to exchange experiences, discuss present and future challenges and propose to the World Heritage Committee elements for a reflection on the nature and function of buffer zones. The full report is available on

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