UNESCO E-library of Park Škocjan Caves and The Karst Biosphere Reserve

MONITORING OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES

The Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia, is trying to establish a monitoring programme for the World Heritage Site (WHS) that would encompass all the attributes referring to outstanding universal value and sustainable development and represent an efficient tool for the management of protected areas. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are distinguished by appropriate management where monitoring plays an important role. A monitoring programme is an efficient tool for the protection of natural values and cultural heritage along with quality development programmes that support the protection of outstanding universal values.

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1. Draft of UNESCO Participatory Programme project proposal

1.1. Introduction

The projects should include both natural and cultural or mixed WH Sites covering countries and regions. At different stages of work, Focal Points and site managers will be invited to share experience and gain new knowledge.

The countries that confirmed participation in the project are: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia.

The duration of the project is one year.

1.2. Goals

The project will enable the partners to achieve a basis for monitoring that will help preserving OUV in everyday management of the sites, facilitate the process of periodic reporting to different conventions and programmes at the national level and respective authorities, help to design capacity building schemes on sites and encourage the cooperation among WH Sites, BRs, Ramsar sites, EU diploma sites.

1.3. Objectives

- Facilitate the periodic reporting process.
- Contribution to the management plan of WH Sites.
- All the sites included in the project have monitoring systems established and functioning.
- Managers are trained for performing proper monitoring and ready to train the local community and colleagues from other sites.
- Reinforcement of network of WH Sites at a subregional level.

1.4. Results

- Website with short presentations of the sites.
- Database with possible application for reporting to different conventions and survey studies.
- Collecting of selected data gathered according defined system.
- CD with a special cover containing useful information for other sites.
- Inclusion of periodic reporting process in the project.
- Regular staff working at WH Sites trained to effectively monitor the site by a simple scheme of monitoring that precedes the development of monitoring models.

1.5. Activities with time frame proposal

1.5.1. Description of activities

1. Working in partners project team group
All partners will be informed about the content and adjustment of the project according to available financial sources.

2. Identification and selection of indicators and methodology development
One workshop will be organised.

Representatives from each country and WH sites will be invited and costs for twelve participants will be covered from the project's financial resources. For other participants that might be able to come and cover their own expenses, logistic and other support will be provided.

The project team will carefully prepare the working programme, which will be related to selected questions from the periodic report. Each participating WH Site will present their WH Site with SOUV. The baseline for monitoring will be completed before the workshop. A small set of proper indicators will be used to start joint work. Project partners will be asked to overview already existing statistics of sites and start performing the work on their site. During the workshop participants will learn about monitoring of cultural, natural sites and a proposal for the communication approach will be presented as well. The draft for content for the final CD will be prepared.

3. Testing of monitoring performance, data gathering
Work based on periodic reporting and previously agreed monitoring tasks will be performed on each site. Some consulting and advice via e-mail will be provided by experts and other participating WH Sites. The process of creating the database that will enable effective gathering and analysis will start. This phase will last over a long period of time. During the project, work and methods will be evaluated with continuous gathering of the data and future publication of its interpretation. A website will be set up to fulfil these requirements.

4. Evaluation of the work on individual sites
Sites will present their monitoring work and discuss difficulties and solutions on the web. Experts will present the evaluation, and methodology will be discussed to enable the participants to check the procedures and implementation of monitoring.

5. Presentation and dissemination of project results
All sites will perform the activities of presenting the monitoring schemes and the results of the project at the national level. The CD and reports will be available on the web. With their regular work and the existing cooperation, all participating partners will help other countries not included in the project to perform proper monitoring and thus facilitate the periodic reporting process.

Prepared by:
Vanja Debevec Gerjevič, M. Sc., Head of Department for Research and Development

Izdelava: Studio Matris