This document was prepared in response to the request for guidance on reconstruction expressed in the World Heritage Committee decision (Decision 40 COM7) at its 39th session in Bonn, Germany. It was largely developed through the deliberations of an international workshop on reconstruction convened at ICOMOS Headquarters in Paris in September 2016 and sponsored by Kyushu University, Japan.
The workshop was attended by a geographically and professionally diverse group of twenty participants. The feedback and comments from numerous ICOMOS National Committees and from our colleagues at UNESCO, some of whom participated in the workshop, were integrated into the document.
It should be regarded as the 2017 version of a working document that will be tested, revised and refined through experience and reflection.