Updated management plan for Orkney’s World Heritage Site

Diana Murray, joint chief executive of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland, and Gavin Barr, OIC executive director of development and infrastructure, at the management plan launch at Skara Brae.

Diana Murray, joint chief executive of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland, and Gavin Barr, OIC executive director of development and infrastructure, at the management plan launch at Skara Brae.

An updated management plan for Orkney’s World Heritage Site was launched at Skara Brae last night.

The 2014-19 plan, which sets out how the site will be protected, conserved and enhanced over the next five years, follows consultation with stakeholders and members of the community last year.

In 1999, the Heart of Neolithic was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – a designation for places “of outstanding universal value to humanity” which includes places such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Acropolis in Greece.

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney covers the area of Stenness surrounding the Ring of Brodgar, as well as  Skara Brae, in Sandwick.

Gavin Barr, OIC executive director of development and infrastructure, said: “Orkney’s heritage plays an important role in life on the islands today, by providing cultural, spiritual, economic and educational benefits.

“I’m delighted that the new management plan will ensure an appropriate policy context for ensuring the Sites remain relevant to modern day challenges, recognising their role in the wider sustainability of Orkney’s environment and economy.”

The plan can be downloaded here.

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