This ground-breaking course is a key component of the new World Heritage Leadership programme developed by ICCROM, IUCN and the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. The World Heritage Leadership programme aims to take a new approach to implementing the long-standing partnership of IUCN and ICCROM in capacity development to support the World Heritage Convention. This new programme emerged as a response to the growing concerns over the divide between nature and culture within many aspects of the World Heritage process despite one of the defining characteristics of the World Heritage Convention being that the protection and management of both natural and cultural values of Outstanding Universal Value falls under one international instrument. There is now a growing recognition and interest in bridging the divides and differences between nature and culture and addressing commonalities and possible shared opportunities in managing heritage sites.
The World Heritage Leadership Programme (WHLP) is delivered by IUCN and ICCROM in collaboration with ICOMOS and WHC and other organisations and is being developed with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Environment and other partners. This programme will focus on:
– Setting and testing the leading standards for conserving sites, and ensuring their contribution to communities and sustainable development, through engaging in World Heritage;
– Providing high profile, widely translated documented advice on conservation policies and practices, notably by integrating the ICCROM-led Managing Cultural World Heritage manual and the IUCN-led Managing Natural World Heritage manual into a single new publication;
– Establishing a network of internationally recognized leadership sites, which will include the World Heritage Sites demonstrating leading practice, and which can provide platforms for learning and capacity building;
– Building international networks between nature and culture practitioners and institutions that link on-ground practice with leadership at international, regional, national and local levels;
-Providing diverse training events, exchanges, and other capacity-building activities to support the work of site managers, stakeholders, and national heritage services in diverse States Parties.
Application deadline: 31 March 2017