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New Management Plan Launched

The revised World Heritage Site Management Plan has been launched.

Oct 17, 2011

The plan has been developed by the City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage, following an extensive public consultation process. The first management plan was published in 2005, and it is regarded as good practice to review the document every five years.

The plan identifies the Outstanding Universal Value that makes Edinburgh of global significance, and provides a framework for the conservation and enhancement of the site. Crucially it also brings together all the key interested partners under an agreed set of actions and priorities.

The new vision for the World Heritage Site is to safeguard, sustain and enhance the outstanding historic environment that supports a confident and thriving capital city centre, its communities, its businesses, and its cultural and economic life.

Download a copy of the World Heritage Site Management Plan (PDF | 3.4MB)

The plan outlines key objectives for the next five years:

•   Understanding the World Heritage Site: increasing awareness and understanding
of Edinburgh’s historic values for visitors, schools, and residents.

•   Safeguarding the site: conserving the site through the grants of the Conservation Funding Programme, providing guidance, the restoration of monuments and the public realm and researching the effects of climate change on historic buildings.

•   The WHS as a sustainable capital city centre: enhancing the public realm of the World Heritage Site and ensuring a sustainable living community within the site.

•   The effective management of the site: broadening stakeholder engagement, and being a model for other World Heritage Sites and historic cities to follow.

Council Leader Jenny Dawe said: "Edinburgh's World Heritage Site status is extremely important to the city. It is an endorsement of the unique character of our beautiful and historic city and reflects the supreme quality of Scotland's successful Capital City. This revised management plan will help the Council and its partners to conserve and promote the WHS's intrinsic qualities for generations to come."

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs said: “The imposing sight of Edinburgh Castle, overshadowing the small and winding closes of the Old Town, is an image recognised all over the world.  This combined with the magical terraces of the New Town adds to the unique atmosphere, splendour and universal appeal of the city.  The revised management plan has a vital role in ensuring that the historic assets that make up the city and contribute to its appeal are protected and play a major part in securing a sustainable and dynamic future.”

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: “The management plan is about maintaining the fine balance between the needs of the residents, the needs of visitors and the cultural and economic life of the city. This is a tremendously difficult task, and we believe that the plan is a useful tool for understanding the different pressures on the World Heritage Site and steering the city’s energy towards maintaining this productive balance. We look forward to working with our many colleagues, partners and community groups across the Site and wider to make this happen.”

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