The World Heritage Committee may make decisions that enter international law. But what impact do these decisions have on the ground? It's important for World Heritage to enter national law as well, and that's just what the Hungarians have been doing.
Dr Gabor Soos is Head of the Department of International Cooperation at Hungary's National Office of Cultural Heritage. He explains what impact World Heritage has at the international level.
Only five countries have World Heritage legislation as part of their national law. Hungary became the sixth country when it passed its World Heritage legislation back in early June and it will come into force in January of next year. Dr Soos explains why they needed to move this in to national legislation.
The impact of this fresh legislation will be immediate when it enters into force.