A management plan for a world heritage site is a regulatory framework in which the future handling and long-term development of the site is laid down to insure protection, conservation, sustainable use and development. Since the 1st of February 2005, a management plan is required of an inscribed property.
Main elements of a management plan are the following:
- Measurements of protection by legislation, other regulations, charters and contracts
- Definition of borders for the effective protection
- Buffer zones
- Administrative systems
- Sustainable use and development.
The description of the outstanding universal value, OUV, of a world heritage site and the statement of its authenticity and integrity are placed in front of its management plan.