World Heritage Management Group
The Forth Bridge is a Scottish icon that is recognised the world over.
In early 2014 an application was submitted to UNESCO in an attempt to have the Forth Bridge inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
Successful inscription would see it join The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, New Lanark, St Kilda, the Antonine Wall and The Heart of Neolithic Orkney and become Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site.
On a global level it would join sites such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Vatican City. This would be a tremendous accolade for the Bridge, local communities and Scotland.
The World Heritage Management Group, a sub-group of the Forth Bridges Forum, was established to oversee work on the nomination. The group asked Historic Scotland to lead on the preparation of the nomination.
The core members of the World Heritage Management Group are representatives from the following organisations:
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Fife Council
- Historic Environment Scotland
- Network Rail
- Transport Scotland
- Visit Scotland
The functions of the World Heritage Management Group were agreed as follows:
- To support Historic Environment Scotland on drafting the management plan and nomination document
- To develop and implement a strategy for local community engagement
- To provide funding and resources to support the production of the Management Plan and Nomination Document
- To agree a strategy for communicating key milestones throughout the World Heritage nomination process
- To report to the Forth Bridges Forum on progress with the Forth Bridge's World Heritage nomination
- To review and amend the Terms of Reference of the Steering Group as appropriate following the outcome of the nomination.