In 2020, 24 years have passed since the inscription of the Lednice-Valtice Area (LVA) on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Not only groups of specialized experts, but more and more "ordinary" people are realizing how much responsibility the Czech Republic has. The World Heritage logo is primarily a moral award, but far more important is that, together with the inscription on the World Heritage List, the Czech Republic has committed itself to taking proper care of such a highly valued cultural property in order to preserve, protect and develop it for ages to come, in the interests of the whole world.

To achieve that, it is necessary to create an acceptable overall vision of the LVA in the long run and to pursue a concept and clarify rules that will be understandable to local citizens and visitors and which will be accepted and adhered to by all relevant actors in the LVA.

The Management Plan is a mandatory written part of the nomination documentation of a UNESCO monument. However, the first LVA Management Plan was not prepared until 2006. The client of the Regional Office of the South Moravian Region and based on the results of the tender, the contractor was the Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve), which processed the document in two stages. After the review, the document was approved on 27 December 2007. The first update of the LVA Management Plan was implemented by the biosphere reserve in 2012, thanks to obtaining a grant from the UNESCO Program Support for Monuments of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. In 2019, the second update may have taken place, the abstract of which you can see below.

The importance of good LVA management is also an absolutely necessary precondition for the development of tourism as a decisive development factor of the whole region. The updated LVA Management Plan for 2020-2024 also includes a proposal for the operation of the appointed Site Manager LVA (SM) - coordinator who will be responsible for fulfilling the LVA Management Plan, its updates, and especially for the implementation of the strategic document in self-government, state administration and in the everyday life of all citizens and entities of the LVA.

The Management Plan team would like to thank the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic for their support and contribution to the implementation of this document.
Thanks for support and valuable advice also belong to the National Heritage Institute - the regional office in Brno, and Mrs. Alena Salašová, Dean of the Faculty of Horticulture, Mendel University in Brno.

ABSTRACT of the Lednice-Valtice Area WHS Management Plan 2020 - 2024

A Management Plan is a document which should be drawn up for all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It
serves to protect universal outstanding value and it is a strategy for further sustainable development
of a particular site. A Management Plan is not a product but a process in which all stakeholders in the
given area should actively participate. Its result is the design and implementation of activities intended
to regenerate, regularly maintain and reasonable use the listed property.
Management Plan should be a tool for active protection of values and conceptual management of a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its primary purpose is to describe and comment the complex contextual
requirements safeguarding the existence and development of the property in the future. It is advisable
that it acknowledges possible deficiencies and outlines ways and time allowance for their removal. The
Plan is designed to benefit the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, World Heritage Site, and all its parts
must strive to protect, conserve and present the property. The objectives of the Management Plan are
defined in a way which ensures a complex protection and management of the cultural landscape, along
with its architectural and natural monuments. The management of the site is defined by a system of
legal regulations which are interconnected, respect each other and create conditions for preservation
of the site’s functions and values in their complexity.
The presented Stage I of the second updated Management Plan 2020–2024 launches wider multidisciplinary
work on management of the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, World Heritage Site. The
management system must ensure effective protection of the outstanding universal value of the site
for present and future generations.
Stage II of updating the Management Plan will be launched in 2020 as an implementation stage. The
Management Plan will be developed into a series of projects and events which will become part of the
updated Action Plan for 2020–2024.