This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago. Researchers think that this caused the most remarkable mass extinction ever, responsible for the disappearance of over 50 per cent of all life on Earth. The site harbours a record of the cloud of ash formed by the impact of the meteorite – the exact site being at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An exceptional fossil record is visible at the site, showing the complete succession of fauna and micro-fauna charting the recovery after the mass extinction.
2017 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
A globally exceptional testimony to the impact of meteorite on the history of life
Outstanding fossil record
In addition, rare spiders and ground beetles are found, which are known only in few places elsewhere in Denmark. Stevns Klint is also a "hot spot" for breeding bats, and houses 11 out of 17 Danish species. Some of the species are protected according to the EU's Habitats Directive.
Fishing is not considered to affect aquatic vegetation and wildlife inside the property (IUCN Consultation, 2017).
a) "Establish without delay the revised and specific management system proposed to assume responsibility for the property upon inscription on the World Heritage List" - The management system has been revised to ensure responsibility for the property. A new Management Plant has been developed and revisions will be carried out every four years.
b) "Retain policies to ensure that no mining and/or quarrying activities take place within the property, nor any adjacent extraction activities that could impact the property" - The situation with regards to quarrying remains as was at the time of inscription and it can be concluded that quarrying is not a threat to the property.
c) "Ensure effective implementation of fossil collecting guidelines, including appropriate curation of key specimens" - Steps have been taken in order to preserve the outstanding fossil record. Guidelines for collecting samples and fossils have been developed and incorporated into the proposal for establishing a conservation area which means that the guidelines will become legal power. The final decision as to whether the area will become a conservation area is not expected to happen before 2020. Until then and probably afterwards it will remain challenging to enforce the guidelines and it must always be of the utmost importance to continuously work to address this issue.
d) "Ensure effective engagement of the private landowners in the protection and management of the property on an ongoing basis" - A relatively short time has been available since the nomination to address this issue. In order to engage the local citizens a Local Reference Group has been established and the engagement of private landowners and other stakeholders in the protection and management of the site is strong throughout this organization. However, more can be done to engage locals in protection and management to the property.
e) "Ensure effective presentation of the property, to provide for a high quality visitor experience, supported by appropriate education and interpretation facilities" - There has been a lot of information about the world heritage on the internet, specific apps, information boards, traditional information posters, school services, animation video etc. An ambitious project including a visitor center has been prepared and is in the phase of application for funding.
f) "Continue strong processes of local community engagement in the property, and the commendable shared management approach with local communities and stakeholders" - Community engagement includes one or two yearly World Heritage Days, community meetings for special themes and a partner programme designed to include private companies and organizations. (Stevns Klint Management Plan, 2017-2020, www.stevnsklint.org )
The potential impacts of increasing visitation are included in the monitoring system. In expanding existing facilities and preparing interpretation concept, it is necessary that conservation and scientific values of the site are given proper attention.
The management plan and the statement of tourism policy describe how threats should be monitored. However, it is too early to conclude whether the planned monitoring is sufficient.
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Østsjællands Museum||A number of education programmes and research activities.|
|2||World Heritage Stevns||Monitoring programme involving local community|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||Presentation of the property||Development of several other sites in order to support the visitor centre at Boesdal. Some development at Højeruplund is planned, building of stairs with viewpoint at Stevns Lighthouse and improvement of the passage along the quarry Sigerslev Kridtbrud.|
|2||Visitor experience||Development of a conceptual framework for access, visitation and interpretation.|
|3||Sustainable tourism||Partnership programme supporting the development of sustainable local tourism. A clear communication of what it takes to become a partner can be an incentive for future partners, including what actions may be taken in order to apply for participation in the program.|
|1||Decision 38 COM 8B.10.|
Fund Application – Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage, 2017
|3||IUCN Evaluation, 2013.|
Natura 2000 Management Plan 2016-2021, Holtug Kridtbrud
|5||Nomination of Stevns Klint, 2012. http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1416.pdf|
|6||Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, 2014. In Decision 38 COM 8B.10.|
|7||Stevns Klint Management Plan, 2017-2020. http://stevnsklint.org/onewebmedia/Forvaltningsplan%202017-…|