Since the mid-2000's the perspectives of considering as potential nominees for the World Heritage - "historic urban landscapes" (or just "historic urban landscapes" - HUL) within the framework of the nomination "cultural landscapes" have been discussed among specialists of ICOMOS and in the Committee of the World Heritage of UNESCO. (or simply - "historic urban landscapes") - "historic urban landscapes" (HUL) within "cultural landscapes" nominations.
Since 1992 it has been possible to include so called "cultural landscapes" in the World Heritage List, many of which, according to the established definitions, also represent objects of urban heritage, including parts of historic cities.
Among the actions taken by individual countries, the inclusion in the World Heritage sites of historical settlements or their parts, as special heritage sites within cultural landscapes, stands out. Such initiatives came from Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and China. The practice of conservation of cultural landscapes in some German states is interesting.
The modern view of the problem of preservation of large landscape formations included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, as well as the expansion of this list by including the identified especially valuable objects of the world cultural space is the most important goal of the development of civilization process.