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The Lake District as a candidate for World Heritage Site status

The possibility of considering the Lake District's cultural landscape for nomination as a World Heritage Site has been under discussion since 1999.   Studies were commissioned by the Lake District National Park Authority to assess the significance of its cultural landscape, the position of a possible World Heritage Site boundary and potential benefits and disadvantages in gaining World Heritage Site status. 

Following on from these a partnership was formed in 2005 of a wide range of strategic bodies in Cumbria including Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Vision, the Lake District National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and the National Trust.   The purpose of the partnership is to take forward the consideration of a bid, by developing a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, finalising the boundary for the area to be possibly nominated and through local consultation to provide a report considering the possible social and economic benefits of World Heritage Site inscription.  If a bid is submitted, the final decision will rest with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and their chosen advisory bodies.

Follow this link to the Lake District World Heritage Project website for further information.