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26 October 2008
Plan for Orcadian world heritage site launched

The new management plan for Orkney's World Heritage Site was launched in Stromness (Scotland). The management plan for the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS) sets out the significance of the UNESCO designated site. The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age monuments that form the World Heritage Site date from between 5100 and 3500 years ago. They include Maeshowe chambered tomb and the Barnhouse Stone; The Stones of Stenness; the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site is cared for by Historic Scotland on behalf of Scottish Ministers. Its management also involves Orkney Islands Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
     The Management Plan sets out how the partners propose to manage the Site over the next five years. It also considers how the site has been managed since it was inscribed onto the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1999. The plan sets out 46 objectives that cover everything from physical access to the sites to using the internet to make people better aware of the wealth of history we have here. The Management Plan clarifies the World Heritage Site's Buffer Zone and defines a Sensitive Area. The Buffer Zone is used to highlight an area where potential impacts need to be given careful consideration by developers and decision-makers. Similarly, the purpose of the Sensitive Area is not to create a 'no-go' area for any type of development but rather to indicate an area where policies relating to the potential affect on the Orkney WHS and its Setting should be taken into account.
     The management plan can be downloaded from www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/neolithic-orkney

Source: Orkneyjar (22 October 2008)

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