In the world heritage area of West Norwegian Fjords the overarching objective is to secure the area's natural and cultural value. The area also includes residential areas, and it is important that management also provides good conditions for further settlement and business activities, without adversely affecting the protected values. The world heritage area West Norwegian Fjords is managed by several public offices.

The common term for the regulated area that the world heritage area represents is Geirangerfjord area and Nærøyfjord area. The term protected area applies to 5 nature reserves and 3 protected landscape areas in West Norwegian Fjords, and the areas are regulated by the Norwegian Natural Environment Conservation Act.