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Management Plan for the Tanum World Heritage

The goals of the World Heritage work are based on the overall goals of the parties in the Management Council. These include Agenda 2030, national, regional, and local political objectives, as well as UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. These overarching frameworks are the basis for both goals and legal protection in the World Heritage site.

Nighttime image of a deer from Balken at Fossum. Photo: Hans Lundenmark, Vitlycke Museum.

The management plan takes a comprehensive approach to how these overarching goals should be integrated into the World Heritage work. The overall goals in the management plan connect the parties’ common ambition with the management and development of the World Heritage site and provide the conditions for sustainable development.

Each party also works based on its own objectives and can develop its own operational and activity plans with specific goals. Coordination of these agendas is carried out through the work of the Management Council and is aligned with the overall goals of the management plan.

Through the focus areas identified in the management plan based on the overarching goals, the parties’ individual objectives and agendas are coordinated and aligned.

Focus areas:

  • Knowledge building
  • Conservation
  • Development of visitor destinations

If the overarching external goals change, the management plan can be revised to adapt to these changes.

Overall goals:

  • The landscape and rock carvings are conserved, used, and developed in a sustainable manner.
  • The World Heritage site is an attractive visitor destination, with the Vitlycke Museum serving as an experiential and knowledge centre.
  • The four major display panels are, to the extent possible, accessible to everyone.
  • Knowledge about the World Heritage site is used and disseminated widely, especially in schools.
  • International cooperation continues to develop.
  • All work is characterized by collaboration and participation.

At the national level, it is important to work together with other World Heritage sites in Sweden to promote ongoing development efforts. A clear national responsibility for the country’s World Heritage sites contributes to giving weight to the convention and thus strengthens the public’s understanding of its purpose.

The current management plan is valid from 2019 to 2023.