UNESCO creates an online Geographic Information System to better protect World Heritage properties
The World Heritage Online Map Platform is a new online Geographic Information System (GIS) for World Heritage, funded by the Government of Flanders (Belgium) through the Flanders UNESCO Trustfund (FUT). The Europe and North America region has been chosen as a pilot for the development of this web-based platform which will include georeferenced boundaries and buffer zones of World Heritage properties on an accessible and interactive digital map.
UNESCO is currently collecting GIS data (e.g. ESRI Shapefile, OGC GML, GeoJSON) from States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to populate the online platform. This platform is destined to become a tool for monitoring the state of conservation of World Heritage properties. In order to streamline the data collection, UNESCO is inviting States Parties to use an online submission form.