UNESCO’s Enhancing Our Heritage toolkit version 2

November 23, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

The Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit 2.0 (EoH 2.0) provides a globally tested self-assessment methodology to support World Heritage managers to evaluate management effectiveness in a World Heritage Site. A management effectiveness assessment is the evaluation of how well a World Heritage Site is being managed: primarily on the extent to which the heritage values of the Site are being maintained and management objectives are being achieved. The Toolkit supports WHS managers in identifying ways to improve conservation practices, management processes and resource allocation, particularly if used before reviewing or updating management plans.

The 12 tools making up the toolkit offer simple and user-friendly methodologies that can be used collectively or separately to assess all key components of a management system. The results offer a base to improve conservation practices, management processes and resource allocation. Starting from the assessment of how well values and attributes are understood, the EoH 2.0 toolkit can be adapted and modified to analyse existing governance arrangements and management processes and monitor results that are (or are not) delivered. To facilitate the application on the ground, each tool is accompanied by a thorough description of how it can be used and a set of reflection questions.

The toolkit is the result of several years of joint collaboration, consultation and analysis between ICOMOS, IUCN, ICCROM and UNESCO, coordinated by the World Heritage Leadership programme with the generous support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

Click here to download a copy of the toolkit.

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