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World Heritage partnerships for conservation

Ensuring that World Heritage sites sustain their outstanding universal value is an increasingly challenging mission in today’s complex world, where sites are vulnerable to the effects of uncontrolled urban development, unsustainable tourism practices, neglect, natural calamities, pollution, political instability, and conflict.

World Heritage preservation costs money and takes collective effort. The World Heritage Centre welcomes assistance in many different forms to carry out this important work.

Since 2002, the World Heritage Partnerships for Conservation Initiative (PACT) has helped raise awareness, mobilize funds, and implement activities through creative and innovative partnerships.

Our Partners

The World Heritage Centre has established successful partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, governments, civil society and the private sector. These alliances reflect a commitment to long-term management of World Heritage sites

Who our partners are


Priority Sites in Danger

Preservation of properties inscribed on
the List of World Heritage sites in Danger 
is a priority for the development
of partnerships.



Priority Thematic programmes

A series of thematic programmes have been developed to implement priority actions for the conservation of World Heritage properties for which assistance, both financial and technical, is required.

Earthen architecture Forests Modern heritage Small Island Developing States Marine programme Sustainable tourism World Heritage cities Education


Priority Fund Projects under International Assistance

Find projects recommended for approval by the International Assistance panel but for which no funding is available.

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The "Five Cs"

Strategic Objectives


Strengthen the Credibility of the World Heritage List, as a representative and geographically balanced testimony of cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value.


Ensure the effective Conservation of World Heritage properties.


Promote the development of effective Capacity-building measures, including assistance for preparing the nomination of properties to the World Heritage List, for the understanding and implementation of the World Heritage Convention and related instruments.


Increase public awareness, involvement and support for World Heritage through communication.


Enhance the role of communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

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chevron_right Budapest Declaration (2002)
chevron_right The "fifth C" (2007)

Contact us

In order to obtain information about our ongoing partnership projects, specific cooperation possibilities and modalities or inquire on how to become a partner for the conservation of World Heritage, please contact us.