The responsibility of the States Parties

When a nation has signed the UN's World Heritage Convention, it means that the State Party has committed itself to striving to identify, document and nominate potential world heritage for inscription on the World Heritage List. The individual State Party decides whether an area/object will be nominated for inscription on the list, but it is the World Heritage Committee that decides whether the area/object meets the criteria for exceptional universal value, securing and management.
The basic principle of the World Heritage Convention is that the member countries are committed to doing their utmost to protect their share of world heritage. At the next level, the convention establishes that the international community as a whole is obliged to ensure conservation of a heritage that belongs to everybody. Places that are included in the list may under certain circumstances receive funding from the World heritage Fund.
World Heritage status does not entail a new form of protection. Security and conservation must operate within national legislation and solutions are found within the framework of local and national resources.
Every six years a report must be submitted to UNESCO regarding the status of individual World Heritage Sites. The review determines whether there is a need for changes in the management of the site. If it has changed unfavourably, the World Heritage Committee may list the area as "world heritage in danger". If the value has been lost, the area will be removed from the World Heritage List.