| How does a site become
World Heritage Site
A country signs the World
Heritage Convention and pledges to protect its natural and
cultural heritage. The country is then called a State Party.
The State Party then prepares a list of sites within its borders
considered to be of universal value and nominates sites for
inscription on the World
to the World Heritage Committee. Along with the nomination,
the State Party also submits a detailed plan on how the site
is managed and protected.
Three Advisory Bodies, two
of which are non-governmental provide technical inputs and
evaluations on the nominations. These bodies are
- International Council
on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS, non-governmental)
- World Conservation Union
(IUCN, non-governmental) and
- International Centre
for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural
Once a year, the World Heritage
Committee decides the sites out of the nominations and inscribes
these sites to the World
Heritage List .
This inscription acts as a catalyst to raising the awareness
leading to protection and conservation of the sites. The World
Heritage mission also provides emergency assistance for World
Heritage sites in immediate natural or man-made dangers.
World Heritage Committee
raises funds from State Parties and through public donations.
These funds are used to support the conservative activities
of the Centre. It also helps the Centre to raise awareness,
organise technical seminars, workshops and provide training
to the volunteers. If you want to donate to the World Heritage
Fund or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit
their website http://whc.unesco.org
to see the complete list of World Heritage Sites in India.