The OWH Sustainability Team has made a global call for case studies in February 2021. Over 150 applications were received, and 60 case studies were selected, which exemplify good practices, challenges and opportunities in the sustainable management of heritage sites. The selection was also made to be representative of all world regions and typologies of World Heritage Sites (including sites on the Tentative List). In June 2021, regional workshops were conducted where the case studies were discussed among the case study applicants, an international group of eminent experts from academia and practice, and the OWH Sustainability team. We will present the outcomes of these discussions on July 15, 16 and 24, so that lessons and recommendations from the case study experiences can contribute to the policy recommendations the OWH movement will make on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. Many thanks to all who contributed, and looking forward to having you join us during the July month of debates!


  • Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Mauritius. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Kakamega Tropical Forest, Kenya. Tentative list (C)
  • Lamu Old Town, Kenya. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, South Africa. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Paysage culturel du Lac Tchad in Cameroon, Niger, Nigéria and Tchad. Tentative List (M)
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda. World Heritage List (N)
  • Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests, Kenya. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi, Uganda. World Heritage Site (C)


  • Al-Khalil Old Town, Hebron, Palestine. World Heritage Site (C)
  • At-Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah, Saudi Arabia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Bosra ancient city. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Dara’a, Syria. Heritage Site (C)
  • Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Historic Cairo, Egypt. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Historical site of Petra, Jordan. World Heritage Site (M)
  • Médina of Tunis, Tinisia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, Egypt. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Wadi Al Hitan. Egypt. World Heritage List (N)


  • Ancient Xity of Ping Yao, Jinzhong (Shanxi), China. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, and the city of Shanghai), China. Tentative list (C)
  • Batanese Protected Landscape and Seascape and other 18 sites in the Philippines. Tentative list (C)
  • Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. World Heritage Site (N)
  • Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape, Japan. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Kathmandu valley, Nepal. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Red Fort Complex, India. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Philippines. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Sydney Opera House, Australia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • The Persian Qanats, Iran. World Heritage Site (C)


  • Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Cumbria, United Kingdom. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli, Italy. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex, Cyprus. Tentative List (N)
  • High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago, (Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik & Västernorrland County) Sweden and (Vaasa & Ostrobothnia) Finland. Natural heritage Site
  • Mahmutbey Mosque Kastamonu, Turkey. Tentative list (C)
  • Priorat-Montsant-Siurana, mosaico mediterráneo paisaje cultural agrícola, España. Tentative list (C)
  • Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza, España. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, Norway. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, Italy. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Town of Bamberg, Germany. World Heritage Site (C)


  • City of Potosí, Bolivia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, Colombia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Cuetzalan and its Historical, Cultural and Natural Surrounding, Mexico. Tentative List (M)
  • Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca (Azuay), Ecuador. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Chile. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa, Perú. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Huascarán National Park. Ancash. Perú. World Heritage Site (N)
  • Península Valdés, Argentina. World Heritage Site (N)
  • Paisagem Cultural Carioca, Brasil. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Paraguayan Pantanal, Paraguay. Tentative list (N)
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena, Colombia. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina. World Heritage Site (C)
  • Village of San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Desert, Chile. Tentative List (M)


  • Jackson Park, USA. Heritage Landscapes LLC.
  • Pimachiowin Aki, Canada. World Heritage Site (M)