In order to achieve the requirements of the Natural World Heritage, the monitoring of the territory was established in cooperation with the «Centre for Development and Environment» (CDE) of the University Bern. Its target is to indicate social, economic and environmental changes in the World Heritage Region. The insights received from the monitoring is the basis for an early diagnosis of problems and risks, the elaboration of measures and also for the public awareness rising for specific topics or problems. Furthermore the monitoring will provide appropriate arguments regarding the sustainable regional development, which is a main target and included in the management plan of the World Heritage Heritage site.

Visualize the Development based on an Indicator Set
Different overall objectives and fields of action have been identified based on the UNESCO World Heritage criteria and the overall objectives defined in the management plan and the Charter of Konkordiaplatz. The assessment of the regional development includes more than 30 indicators, belonging to the respective thematic field. This helps to understand the dynamic of the World Heritage Region in a broad context. The indicator set will help to the recognize changes related to the thematic fields of action and the overall goals, to document the current development in the natural, social and economic area and to identify potential risks.

Milestones of the territorial monitoring

  • The first monitoring report (t0) has been carried out in 2011 evaluating the present state of the site. The report confirmed the high values of the World Heritage Region and revealed areas of potential risks related to current transformations.
  • In 2016 a second monitoring report will be elaborated (t1), analyzing and deepening additional indicators.
  • In 2021, the third monitoring report (t2) will be prepared, which adapts the set of indicators and can now present an in-depth analysis of the development over a whole decade.
  • Publications «Einblicke – Ausblicke» document the changes in the World Heritage site SAJA in a selective and thematic way.