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The World Heritage Steering Group is not just seeking inscription for its own sake instead the group strongly believe there should be economic and social impacts for Cumbria from the process and nomination itself. In 2006 the Partnership commissioned ERS consulting to undertake a study of the potential economic and social benefits.

For this study, ERS consulted a wide range of key stakeholders and businesses, compiled case study evidence from other World Heritage Sites, and assessed the strategic fit of key policies and priorities that influence Cumbria and the Lake District. The study provided the Partnership with a realistic view of the benefits. There is reasonable consensus that economic and social impact is achievable through global recognition of the site and through the nomination process itself.

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