Management Plan with Integrated Cultural Landscape Compatibility Study for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley

The Upper Middle Rhine Valley was inscribed as a so-called continuing cultural landscape in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002. Since then, many initiatives have been taken to preserve the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley and to ensure its integrity and increase its attractiveness. These activities included, among others, the 2013 published World Heritage Master Plan. 

UNESCO, in its 41st decision in 2017, invited the state party to compile a Management Plan under consideration of the Master Plan and other existing plans for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley which should be submitted to the World Heritage Center for consideration. Parallel to the management plan, the creation of a Cultural Landscape Compatibility Study for the World Heritage is desired. The aim of this study is to create a uniform system for assessing the World Heritage compatibility of larger planning and construction projects (e.g. hotel projects, wind energy, residential development, transport infrastructure, etc.). This is to ensure that such projects can be assessed more quickly in terms of their impact on the World Heritage property. 

Commissioned by:
Zweckverband Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal


Status / Result:
In progress, completion scheduled for 2020.