The seminar was led by international experts – Dr. Christopher Young, Dr. Britta Rudolff, Mr Steffan
Wessman, Ms Burcu Özdemir and Mr Richard Veillon, and attended by site managers and representatives
of world heritage properties of Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania.
In reference to the Site Managers World Heritage Forum, hold during the 41st session of the World
Heritage Committee in Krakow, the idea of the seminar was to bring a particular attention of the
importance of site manager‘s role in implementing the World Heritage Convention and to work
continuously on stronger consolidation between the procedural world heritage protection system and site
managers, who safeguard outstanding universal value and constitute the World Heritage Convention in
situ. Special focus of the seminar in Vilnius was on strengthening site managers’ abilities to consolidate
their institutional and social position, specifying determination of their functions, role, competence,
responsibilities, and developing of their skills on cooperation, communication, and mediation.
The Operational Guidelines of World Heritage Convention do not give a specific definition of the site
manager’s role, and it varies much in different countries. Nevertheless, the site manager’s role becoming
more and more complex due to the expanded concept and approaches of the world heritage, new treaties,
recommendations, and regulations interlaying on the territory of the world heritage property. Thus, experts
and participants of the seminar have agreed that the role of the site manager requires more formalized
mandate, and its position, functions and competences should be better explained and integrated into the
Operational Guidelines of the World Heritage Convention. We kindly sharing the final document of the
seminar – Recommendations on the World Heritage Site Manager’s Role, Functions and Competences for
your consideration and reflections towards better implementation of the World Heritage Convention.