ICCROM Course Nature – Culture ANNOUNCEMENT

International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management

Dates: 6 – 16 June 2017

Place: Røros Mining Town and the Circumference, Norway (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/55)


ICCROM, IUCN and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture


The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, The Norwegian Nature Agency, Røros Mining Town and the Circumference’s local management, ICOMOS, and  UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The World Heritage Leadership Programme

This ground-breaking course is a key component of the new World Heritage Leadership programme developed by ICCROM and IUCN and 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 for 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 both site managers and stakeholders, and national heritage services in diverse States Parties.

Course Background

This course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management, to be held at Røros, is the first major activity of the World Heritage Leadership Programme, and the start of a process to set a new standard to link nature and culture practice in World Heritage Sites. The course curriculum has been developed through a series of activities.  Among them was the curriculum developed to organise an international training course by ICCROM and IUCN to ‘Address nature –culture interlinkages in managing World Heritage Sites’ in 2014. Course modules were subsequently tested at training activities of ICCROM over the last two years. This also includes the course on People Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture (http://www.iccrom.org/wp-content/uploads/PCA_Annexe-2.pdf) already designed and implemented. Tsukuba University (Japan) ran a course (https://goo.gl/1mxvDn) related to the theme using the curriculum as the basis. The course at Røros will bring together all these experiences and also address the relationship between people (including local communities and indigenous peoples), and the cultural and natural values of sites and how sites and their surrounding land/seascapes are managed. A crucial feature of the course is that it will bring together practitioners and resource persons from both cultural and natural heritage sectors.

Overall goal

The overall goal of the course is that participants will have the added knowledge, skills and awareness to address nature and culture inter-linkages in which people are an integral part and improve management and governance approaches of a diverse set of World Heritage Sites, through shared experiences from both sectors.

Specific objectives

  1. To rethink natural and cultural heritage conservation as an interrelated and interdependent concept, rather than as separate domains and to rethink current approaches, where nature and culture management remain separate.
  2. To provide support to practitioners to carry out quality management at World Heritage properties through understanding the existing linkages and separations of nature and culture in the World Heritage system which poses policy and institutional challenges as well as complexities in their daily work?
  3. To build synergies across sectors and engage far more proactively with policy makers, communities and networks in addition to practitioners.
  4. To explore and test in the field methodologies/ approaches and improve abilities/ skills of practitioners to bridge gaps in linking culture and nature.
  5. To convince the practitioners to consider people as a core component of heritage management and to address the well-being of both and ensure natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.
  6. To create and strengthen communities of practice.


The course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants and is open to heritage practitioners from the cultural and natural heritage sectors, with a particular emphasis on practitioners linked to World Heritage Sites. Participants should be able to demonstrate their involvement in on-going management activities of a cultural heritage site with natural values, or vice versa.  The resource persons invited to contribute to the course will be drawn from both cultural and natural heritage sectors.

The working language of the course will be English.

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses

Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Norway and their living costs (accommodation will be provided).  Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding at the time of the course, a number of partial scholarships may be granted to cover travel and living expenses.


Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it together with the documents listed below to the following e-mail: LNC17@iccrom.org

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
  • A description of the site you are currently involved in indicating the natural/cultural values of the site and expressing your views on the need to address interlinkages (WH Site preferred).

Application deadline

Applications should reach ICCROM by 31 March 2017 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.



  Group photo of participants with the Chief Guest Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia and his delegation after the official opening ceremony

The Technical Tentative Listing workshop is the first activity within the larger World Heritage Nomination Program in Africa that aims at upstreaming the Continent’s Tentative Lists for the period 2016 to 2019. This is a joint project with CHDA’s counterpart for Francophone Africa, EPA, who are implementing the same program in Francophone Countries.

The program aims at strengthening the capacities of African Cultural and Natural Heritage professionals to develop up-to-standard Nomination Files and thus increasing the number of Nomination Dossiers successfully submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for consideration as World Heritage properties.

This project is being undertaken in close collaboration with, and with the participation of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), as well as the World Heritage Advisory Bodies – ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM.

As a foundation to the workshop, a questionnaire was sent out to the technical officesresponsible for the implementation of 1972 Convention in all the Anglophone and English-speaking Arab States Parties(Sudan, Libya and Egypt), seeking information on the status of their Tentative Lists. The responses to the questionnaire were analyzed and a detailed report developed. This report, together with results from previous work by AWHF and the WH Gap studies were the basis of the three-day workshop of experts, which reviewed the data, discuss the priorities and opportunities at the regional and national levels and finally developed a prioritized list of sites with clear potential OUV and supported by the relevant States Parties and Advisory Bodies. Subsequent Nomination Dossier training workshops under this program shall work on these selected sites to a level that may be successfully presented to the World Heritage Committee for inscription as World Heritage Sites.

Dr. Peter Howard of IUCN making his presentation to the participants

Dr. Peter Howard of IUCN making his presentation to the participants

The meeting brought together experts from both Anglophone and Arab speaking African countries. The States Parties attending included: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. Others were Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt Eritrea and Kenya. The World Heritage Centre was represented by the Chief of the African Desk, Mr. Edmond Moukala, the IUCN by Dr. Peter Howard and ICOMOS by Ms. Laura Robinson.

The Chief Guest during the opening ceremony was the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya, who is also the Chair of the Board of CHDA, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia. Dr, Kibunjia, who was accompanied by members of the National Museums of Kenya’s Directors’ Executive Committee (DEC) expressed NMK’s commitment to continue hosting CHDA, as well as providing support in form of human resources and utilities. He however appealed to other States Parties to come forward and support CHDA in one way or the other, especially in strengthening its human resource capacity and funding its running costs.

On the second day of the meeting, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts hosted participants to dinner at the Whitesands Hotel, where both the Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario and the Principal Secretary, Mr. Joe Okudo were available to meet and greet the participants. The Cabinet Secretary, in his address to the participants reiterated Dr. Mzalendo’s position and stated that the Ministry supported fully the work of CHDA and will do everything in its power to ensure that CHDA becomes vibrant and meets its mandate as a training and capacity building institution for heritage institutions and heritage professionals in Africa.

CHDA takes this opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to all participants who made the workshop possible and successful; to the World Heritage Advisory bodies for their participation, contribution and invaluable advice during the workshop; to the AWHF for their support and partnership and to the National Museums of Kenya and the Ministry for Sports, Culture and the Arts for both hosting CHDA and supporting all its activities over the years.








In accordance with the World Heritage Convention, the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting for the African region took place in 2009-2011. Francophone and Anglophone Entrepreneurship workshops were held in Toubacouta (Delta du Saloum, Senegal) and Cape Coast Castle (Cape Coast, Ghana), respectively on 13-23 and 19-30 May 2014. The workshops gathered forty-six participants coming from 15 African countries and working on Entrepreneurial ventures on World Heritage cultural and natural properties.

The participants of the Anglophone programme were also involved in a site project which helped them to implement an agricultural venture at Mosi-oa-Tunya (Zambia), between the 22nd September and10th October 2014. Some participants of the Francophone programme also benefited from on-site monitoring visits by resource persons to improve their projects.

The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA (the School of African Heritage), in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund, organized a review meeting of the programme “Entrepreneurship at the World Heritage properties”, between 19th and 21st May 2015 at the EPA training facility in Porto-Novo, Benin.

Other participants included programme specialists from international institutions (UNESCO and AWHF); selected participants of the programme in the Anglophone and the francophone countries, representatives of the national institutions, and community representatives. Consultants and resource persons from regional organizations and NGOs were also represented (UEMOA, NGO AAFEBEN, CNBU/Porto-Novo and the Department for the development and the promotion of tourism – DDPT).






The objectives of the review meeting in general was to reflect on the entrepreneurship programme at World Heritage sites in Africa with regards to format, achievements, challenges, and way forward.

Specific objectives included:

– Review the activities implemented in the framework of the programme

– Propose a format and an operational framework aiming at improving the results of the programme

– Identify any other action to improve communities’ concrete benefits from the inscription of the sites, including in the field of sustainable tourism.

The successful meeting was graced by and officially opened on 19th of May 2015 by the Director of EPA, Dr. Samuel Kidiba on behalf of all partners.






Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Chairman, CHDA Board.

The Chairman of the Board of CHDA, who is also the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo N. Kibunjia (right) has appointed Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro as the Interim Director of CHDA effective 11th June 2015. Mr. Okwaro, who has previously been the Programs Coordinator at CHDA since 2009, replaces Ms. Aisha Fadhil Ali, who now heads the Conservation Department of the National Museums of Kenya at Fort Jesus.


Mr. Okwaro has worked in the Heritage Sector in different capacities since 1991. He has worked as Education Officer, as Senior Curator in charge of Meru Museums and as Head/Coordinator of Education Programs in the National Museums of Kenya.

Between January 2007 and May 2009, Mr. Okwaro acted as the Executive Director of AFRICOM, the International Council for African Museums, a non-governmental, autonomous and pan-African organization of museums, created in October 1999 by leaders of African Heritage Institutions and based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Peter Dennis Okwaro

Mr. Okwaro holds a Bachelor of Education (Botany/Zoology) Degree from Kenyatta UniversityNairobi (1988). He has a Certificate in Arts and Culture Management from the University of Witwatersrand(1998) and another Certificate in Museology acquired through a JICA sponsored training (Intensive Course in Museology) from the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan (2005).


He had a comprehensive exposure to and developed competence in the area of management development through a three year programme he was involved in between 2000 and 2002, under the auspices of the Swedish-African Museums Network (Samp), where he was part of the team developing new structures and systems to run the organization for the future. He has used these skills effectively, developing museum/heritage colleagues both in Africa and internationally, especially in the area of project design and management.




his exhibition is as a result of partnership between Centre for Heritage Development in Africa CHDA, Newcastle University, Hainan China and IWOKRAMA of Guyana with generous sponsorship from En-compass. The exhibition takes once month before making its way to China.

En-compass is a European Commission-funded project involving communities from four regions across four continents, including China, England, Guyana and Kenya, working together to identify and safeguard threatened heritage resources. Despite its global dimensions, the project is very much a ‘grassroots’ initiative which aims ultimately to improve “access to local culture and to protect and promote cultural diversity, especially cultural heritage in imminent danger”.


invited guests viewing the exhibition


coconut banjo hainan china stringed instrument made from coconut shells and wood

Coconut Banjo, Hainan China: stringed instrument made from coconut shells and wood


madam aisha fadhil ag. director chda address members of the forth estate

Madam Aisha Fadhil Ag. Director CHDA address members of the forth estate





Vol. 68 No 269-270 – The role of museums in a changing society

Call for Papers

ICOM is preparing a double issue of Museum International on the theme, The role of museums in a changing society. The issue will be overseen by the Editorial Board with Prof. DrTerezaScheiner as Editor in Chief. All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability and subsequent articles will go through a peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Wiley Blackwell, in July 2016.

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Preparatory mission for the forthcoming Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship on World Heritage

The Interim Director, CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar together with Head of Programmes at Africa World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Mr Souayibou Varissou, recently were in Ghana from 11th to 15th March 2014 to lay the ground work on the preparations for the forthcoming Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship on World Heritage. While in Ghana they had an opportunity to meet the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Arts Hon. Minister Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, The Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Arts Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, and the Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) Dr. Zagba Oyortey. They also travelled to Cape Coast, the proposed training venue for the workshop, to review the training logistics and case study areas which are the Cape Coast Castle World Heritage Site and the Kakum National park, which is on Ghana’s tentative list.


From left , Executive Director of Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Dr. Zagba Oyortey , Director of the Central Region and Cape Coast , Mr. Nicholas Ivor, The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Hon.Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare , The Interim Director, CHDA, Mr. Kassim Omar, Head of Programmes at Africa World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Mr. Souayibou Varissou, and Director of Monuments, GMMB, Mr. Kofi Amekudi.



Cape Coast Castle, Central Region World Heritage Site, Ghana



Cape Coast Town


Traditional craft shops around the castle



Surrounding entrepreneurial activities




Dr. Ahmed Yasin the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya and Chairman CHDA would like to inform our esteemed partners and the international community that Mr. Kassim Omar has now been promoted to Principal Architect, Ag Coordinator, Museums Enterprise Unit in Nairobi. During his time at CHDA Kasim Omar was able to undertake various heritage development initiatives. With his leave, Ms. Aisha Fadhil Ali has been appointed to take over from Kassim Omar. Aisha has worked with the National Museums of Kenya for the last 28 years and has vast experience in the Culture and Heritage sector. She holds a Masters Degree (MSc.) in Care of Collections from Cardiff University, Wales. Her appointment to CHDA will add great value to the operations and performance of CHDA.


aisha passport photo 2


Ms. Ali has been involved in ICCROM-PREMA courses and including PMDA programs. She has served in the PMDA courses as a course assistant and including other assignments at CHDA.

Ms. Ali is a Conservator by profession and also in charge of the Fort Jesus Conservation Laboratory. She also acts as the Senior Curator Consultant to the Kenya Ports Authority Maritime Museum, a joint project with the Kenya Ports Authority and the National Museums of Kenya. Ms. Fadhil Ali brings in to CHDA a wealth of experiences in heritage training and management. Formerly she was the Senior Curator for Malindi Museum where she started the MalindiI Cultural Festival with the aim of uniting communities, showcasing the different cultural heritages of Malindi and at the same time provides socio economic cultural opportunities.

We wish to welcome continued support to the efforts of the Board and staff of CHDA in creating a sustainable and viable heritage capacity building institution in Africa.


chda@heritageinafrica.org , director@heritageinafrica.org or ayassin@museums.or.ke

Dr Ahmed Yasin


Centre for Heritage Development in Africa

World Heritage Nomination Training Course


DATE: 15 – 26 October 2012

VENUE: Uganda

ORGANISATORS: Centre for Heritage Development in Africa, African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda

FUNDING: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage – Department of Museums and Monuments of Uganda, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, African World Heritage Fund

1- Background

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The AWHF, in collaboration with World Heritage institutions and African State Parties, initiated a Nomination training course for African State Parties in 2009. The course focusses on the development of nomination files (dossiers and management plans) for consideration by the World Heritage Committee. This was in response to the fact that in spite of its very rich heritage, the Africa Region has continued to have the least number of sites (9%) on the prestigious World Heritage List. The main objective of the training course is to build competence and capacity among African heritage practitioners in the development of nomination files as required by the World Heritage Committee when considering properties for inscription on the World Heritage List.

As for the first two course cycles, the implementation of the third round of nomination course is being coordinated by regional training institutions in Africa, namely the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) for the Anglophone programme.

2- Objective of the course

  • To give competence to African natural and cultural heritage practitioners thereby improving the quality of African nomination files submitted to the World Heritage Committee.
  • To reinforce the network of African heritage professionals working on World Heritage properties.
  • Set up a support and follow up mechanism to facilitate delivery of credible nomination files.
  • To increase the number and diversity of African heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

3- Phases

The course consists of three components, namely:

  • A two week workshop in Uganda [15-26 October 2012] introducing the nomination process and evaluating initial country nomination proposals in order to establish follow up work.
  • Eight months of fieldwork by the participants in their countries, during which they might receive the assistance of a nominated mentor with relevant expertise to enhance their nomination work. During this phase or after, an institution working on a nomination might receive (and upon application) up to US$15,000 from the AWHF to carry out work required for the successful completion of the nomination.
  • A two week workshop in 2013 to evaluate progress on the nomination work by countries with a view of sending the completed nomination files to the World Heritage Centre.

4- Working language

The working language for the course is English.

5- Participants

Only participants who have already started working on a World Heritage nomination file will be selected for the training course. For each file, two participants will be accepted from each country.

Eligible female practitioners are encouraged to apply.

6- Applying for the training course

All applicants should submit the following application package:

  • The completed application form;
  • A signed letter of recommendation and commitment from the National Director or the highest national authority in charge of Immovable Heritage Conservation/Management or for natural sites, the highest authority in charge of the proposed site in your country. For the countries where there is a national World Heritage Committee, the recommendation letter might be co-signed by the Chairperson of the Committee. The letter will make clear the facilities and/or support the State Party is giving to finalize the nomination process, including giving enough time and responsibilities to the participants to complete a credible nomination file. The letter should state that the applicants institution will not withdraw any of the applicants from the course or in the midst of the training cycle;
  • A brief description of property to be nominated. The description will comprise the following sections: historic and geographical background, values and criteria, components, state of conservation, management and protection measures in place. Preferably, the draft dossier (in its current level of completion) should be annexed to the application;
  • A two page summary of challenges being faced in the nomination process by the State Party.

It is our expectation that the property being worked on is already on the State Party’s Tentative List.

7- Deadline

The complete application package (including supporting documents) should be addressed simultaneously via postal and electronic mails at the latest on the 17 August 2012 to:

Hosea Wanderi
Immovable Heritage Programme Coordinator
Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)
Old Law Court Building, Nkrumah Road
P.O. BOX 90010 – 80100
Tel. +254 70 7701761
Fax +254 41 2227985

Email: hosea.wanderi@heritageinafrica.org with copy to pastar143@yahoo.com and SouayibouV@awhf.net.

Please copy your electronic application and any appendix or request/information to the three emails above.

8- Funding

The costs for the training will be covered by the African World Heritage Fund and the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage of Uganda.

However, it will be requested that the selected participants contribute to the costs by taking in charge their personal costs, e.g. medical insurance and daily allowances. The financial support from their institution will be highly appreciated.