Vision, Policies and Actions

These are the policies that have been adopted as a central part of the Management Plan for 2015-19 and relate to the fulfillment of the long term vision for the World Heritage Site. Many - but not all - of the Policies have one or more associated Actions that have already been identified. Some indication of their relative priority is provided by assigning them tentatively to specific Years in the Plan period. (Year 1 = 2015; Year 2 = 2016, etc.) Inevitably, these will be subject to change. Further Actions are likely to be added in due course. Unless otherwise specified, reference here to the World Heritage Site is to the Hadrian’s Wall component of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site (FRE). ‘The OUV’ means the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site.

Management of the World Heritage Site

Objective 1: Informed management of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site as part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, successfully communicating UNESCO’s universal values.

The Boundaries of the World Heritage Site and its Buffer Zone

Objective 2: To maintain appropriate boundaries of the World Heritage Site, encompassing those elements of the Roman frontier that reflect the Site's OUV, and to document clearly those additional features that still fall outside the World Heritage Site.

Protection of the World Heritage Site

Objective 3: To protect the OUV of the World Heritage Site, using appropriate legislation, planning policy, guidance and management measures.

Protection of Undesignated Archaeological Remains

Objective 4: To maintain effective protection and management of the undesignated remains of the Roman frontier.

Metal Detecting

Objective 5: To protect the World Heritage Site and Buffer Zone from damage as a result of inappropriate metal detecting.

Risk Preparedness and Disaster Management

Objective 6: To pre-empt, where possible, direct and indirect threats to the OUV.

Conservation of Archaeological Sites

Objective 7: To manage the archaeological remains in the World Heritage Site in a way that ensures their continued enjoyment by this and future generations.

Rural Land Management

Objective 8: To achieve a sustainable balance whereby the OUV can be conserved within current and future land use.

Archaeological Research

Objective 9: To develop and maintain a programme of research, in line with the recommendations of the Hadrian’s Wall Research Framework, the results of which must be publicly accessible and inform understanding of the World Heritage Site.

Sustainable Transport and Physical Access

Objective 10: To develop and to maintain an integrated range of sustainable options for transport and access to and along the World Heritage Site.

Developing the Visitor Experience and Understanding of the World Heritage Site

Objective 11: To establish and to maintain an international reputation for a range of first-class visitor experiences at attractions that offer good facilities, and diversified, integrated interpretation that is accessible, relevant and challenging to a wide range of audiences.

Sustainable Development and Prosperity

Objective 12: To ensure that World Heritage Site status contributes to the local and regional economies.

Engaging with Communities

Objective 13: To enable local and special-interest communities to be engaged with the World Heritage Site and to develop the contribution that the Site can make to community life.

Marketing the World Heritage Site

Objective 14: To maintain and enhance the attractiveness of the World Heritage Site as a destination for domestic and overseas visitors.

Education & Learning

Objective 15: To ensure that high-quality learning opportunities, focused on different aspects of the World Heritage Site, are experienced by all audiences through appropriate and enjoyable provision.

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