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Call for applications: 4th Edition…

Call for applications: 4th Edition World Heritage Site Managers' Forum

“World Heritage governance – Being prepared to manage and change continuity.”

WH Site Managers Forum

Site managers of World Heritage sites from around the world are invited to this year’s World Heritage Site Managers Forum (WHSMF), held in the occasion of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting.

Applicants from natural, cultural and mixed World Heritage properties are welcome to apply to the fourth edition of this global event. The initiative aims to empower and create opportunities for site managers by expanding their networks and exchanging knowledge and experiences at an international level.

With the extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting due to be held online, this year’s forum will also take place in an online format. The event is jointly organized by the People’s Republic of China, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the IUCN-ICCROM World Heritage Leadership Programme, in close cooperation with ICOMOS, to continue supporting the capacity building of site managers worldwide.

WHSMF 2021 will cover the following main themes:


  1. Basics of World Heritage management and available tools
  2. Management systems, plans and governance arrangements/mechanisms – Understanding the framework and the role of site managers within  
  3. Sustainable development of community & being prepared for change – Gradual, sudden, economic, social and developmental change  
  4. Who to involve for change preparation and how? – stakeholders, rightsholders, community engagement

Dates: 7–13 July 2021

Venue: Online

Language: English

Host country: The People’s Republic of China

Organizers: The People's Republic of China, ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Partners: ICOMOS

Site managers interested in joining the fourth edition of WHSMF should complete the application process.

The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021 (23.59 CET, Paris time).

If you experience any issue with the submission of your application, please contact us at