The link to the San Antonio missions Web site revealing that "The cost to apply is a steep $650,000," set me thinking about what other information could be found about the cost of applying for World Heritage Inscription - and also about what practices exist around who pays for it etc etc.
As a start I put forward the followingWearmouth-Jarrow
The failed UK bid for 2012. This nomination had a very extended and chequered history with a decision a couple of years earlier to delay the bid and bring in consultants to prepare a new set of Management Plans and Nomination File. This report shows that an eye-watering £811000 was spent on this failed bid!! http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/world-heritage-bid-cost-811-000-442443.html
The costs came mainly from Quangos charged with regenerating the area plus local government.. What a waste!!Lake District
UK has already tried once to get this site inscribed in the days before "Cultural Landscapes" were included. There will also have been an extended process to keep the bid running during the intervening years and then for getting on to UK's new T List. None of this will have been included in the latest figure provided on the bid's Web site which only covers the "official" 3 Years of the bid process - a budget of just under £400000. And if you believe it will be as low as that then you must also believe in Fairies! http://www.lakeswhs.co.uk/faqs14.htmlGeneral UK Bid Costs
A Consultancy report commissioned by the UK Dept of Culture in 2007 contained a detailed breakdown of the likely general costs of preparing a bid (as well as, separately, the costs of maintaining a WH Site). This reached a figure at 2007 prices of c£500000. Seehttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publicat ions/whconsultation_engversion.pdf
. See page 21.
Can any Forum members find history of the cost of bids in other countries? We know of course that some Chinese bids have cost astronomical sums - and even those need to be viewed with caution given the opaqueness of Chinese accounting systems!