There is a formal membership only for the German NGO, and for this a recommendation by an existing member is required. Membership in the NGO is restricted to those who have a realistic possibility to be active members, that is, to read official documents (in German) and to participate in annual general meetings (in Berlin). Since the overwhelming majority of our network members don’t have that possibility, we are keeping formal membership limited to a small group of people in Berlin.
The NGO manages the network by organizing the fora, publishing the annual WHW Report, coordinating discussions and exchange, keeping the list of network members, maintaining relations with UNESCO and Advisory Bodies, and operating the website and facebook site. On the website we inform about WHW and its activities, and keep documents for download. On the facebook site we post information of public interest and share all posts which we receive which are related to World Heritage. We encourage all network members to follow our facebook site because it is an important day-to-day communication tool for the network.
The global network, on the other hand, is informal and not a body in itself. Any group or individual who adhere to the purpose of the NGO and the documents / resolutions adopted on our Fora is welcome. It is within the global network that policies and strategies of WHW are discussed and decided. The coordinating office of the network is the WHW Office in Berlin, and the list of members is available here.