Responsible for the content: Lena Johansson, Karlskrona kommun. Photo: Lena Johansson unless otherwise stated 

Which organizations are involved?

In Karlskrona

The different buildings and objects included in the World Heritage The Naval Port of Karlskrona are owned, maintained and used by different organizations. The County Administrative Board of Blekinge plays an important part when it comes to World Heritage issues. During the years the County Administrative Board has granted large amounts of money for the preservation of World Heritage buildings. Since 2002 there exists a platform, the World Heritage Council, for questions regarding the World Heritage. In the World Heritage Council the many site managers and stakeholders are represented. By order of the World Heritage Council the County Administrative Board has produced a General Management Plan which was revised in 2009. This General Management Plan points out a few focus areas and states what areas and tasks the different organizations and stakeholders are responsible for.
Buildings and objects in the military area, used by the Swedish Armed Forces, are owned and maintained by the Swedish Fortification Agency
The National Property Board owns and maintains some of the buildings, for example the Drottningskär Citadel and the Naval Museum.

The Parish of Karlskrona manages two out of three church buildings; The Church of the Holy Trinity and the Fredrik Church.

The Municipality of Karlskrona manages Lyckeby Crown Mill for example.

The Kungshall Storehouse and the “Water Castle” were managed by the Municipality of Karlskrona until a few years ago but are now owned by private stakeholders. Skärva, the summer residence of Admiral af Chapman, is also owned by private stakeholders.

Blekinge Museum and the Naval Museum are museums where you can learn more about the history of the Naval City of Karlskrona. There is also an exhibition at the Drottningskär Citadel, produced by the National Property Board. In 2009 a Visitor´s Centre, which gives an introduction to the Naval City of Karlskrona, opened in the Holy Trinity Church – this is a project where the Municipality of Karlskrona cooperates with the Parish of Karlskrona as well as the County Administrative Board, the Swedish Fortifications Agency and the National Property Board.
In Sweden

The Swedish National Heritage Board  and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are responsible for World Heritage issues in Sweden. They follow the development in the World Heritage areas and support the County Administrative Boards. They are also the authorities responsible for nominating cultural and natural heritage properties on the Tentative List. 
World Heritage Sites in Sweden is a network where all the Swedish World Heritage Sites are represented and cooperate with each other.

ICOMOS Sweden is the Swedish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a worldwide non-governmental organization for cultural heritage professionals, and the advisory body to UNESCO for the cultural heritage and the World Heritage Convention.
On the international level
UNESCO  is responsible for the World Heritage on an international level. The World Heritage Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties. It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly.
Sweden is represented in the World Heritage Committee up to and including 2011. In order to give other States Parties an opportunity to become members of the Committee, Sweden has decided to reduce its term from six to four years.
During its term of office, Sweden will:
  • support the Committee´s Global Strategy for a credible and balanced World Heritage List

  • share and communicate an environmental approach that integrates nature and culture for improved management of World Heritage sites
  • support initiatives to research global warming and World Heritage
  • support efforts and initiatives to minimize threats to World Heritage sites in danger
  • support UNESCO's efforts to involve young people in the promotions and preservation of our common heritage through education

ICOMOS, International Council on Monuments and Sites, is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS provides the World Heritage Committee with evaluations of properties with cultural values proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List, as well as with comparative studies, technical assistance and reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties.