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.




DATE: 15 – 26 November 2010


ORGANISERS: Centre for Heritage Development in Africa, African World Heritage Fund, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ministry of Youth and National Service, Sport and Culture of Namibia

1- Background
The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) was launched in 2006 to support African State parties to implement the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Following its strategic plan 2008-2010 and in collaboration with World Heritage institutions and African State parties, the AWHF initiated a training course on the development of nomination dossiers for World Heritage listing by African countries. 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. As part of its objectives, AWHF put in place the training programme to build up competence of African heritage professionals in the development of nomination dossiers and management plans required by the World Heritage Committee when considering sites for listing on the World Heritage List.

2- Objective of the course

· To give competence to African natural and cultural heritage professionals thereby improving the quality of African nomination dossiers submitted to the World Heritage Committee.
· To increase the number and diversity of African heritage properties on the World Heritage List.
· To reinforce the network of heritage professionals working on African World Heritage sites.

· Set up a support and follow up mechanism to facilitate delivery of expected outcomes.

3- Phases
The programme consists of three components, namely:

· A two week workshop in Namibia [1-12 November 2010] to serve as an introduction to the nomination process and evaluate initial country nomination proposals to establish follow up work.

· Eight months of fieldwork by the participants in their countries, during which they receive the assistance of a nominated mentor with relevant expertise to enhance their nomination work. During this phase your institution may receive from the AWHF up to US$15,000 to carry out work required for the successful completion of the nomination.

· Another two week workshop [2011] to evaluate the nomination work done by participants with a view of sending the completed nomination to the World Heritage Centre.

4- Working language

The working language is English.

5- Participants

Only participants who have already started working on a World Heritage nomination dossier will be selected for the training programme. For each dossier, two participants will be accepted.
Eligible women professionals are encouraged to apply.

6- Application dossier

The application requirements are as follows:

· 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 in your country. The letter will make clear the facilities/support the State party is giving to finalize the nomination process including giving enough time and responsibilities to the participants to complete accurately the nomination dossier; the letter should state that the applicants institution will not withdraw the applicant from the course in the midst of the session;
· A brief description of property to be nominated;
· A description of challenges faced by the working team.

7- Deadline

The complete application dossier (including supporting documents) should be addressed to the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) at the latest on the 30 September 2010 to:

Dr Herman Kiriama

World Heritage Nomination Training Course

Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA)

Old Law Court Building, Nkrumah Road


P.O. BOX 90010 – 80100


Tel. +254 41 2225114

Fax. +254 41 2227985

Email: chda@heritageinafrica.org with copy to kiriamah@yahoo.com and SouayibouV@awhf.net

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



Atelier sur l’harmonisation des Listes Indicatives d’ Afrique centrale

Dates : 11– 15 Octobre 2010

Pays : Libreville, Gabon

Le Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain lance un appel à candidature pour un atelier, d’une semaine, portant sur l’harmonisation des Listes indicatives en Afrique Centrale. L’atelier réunira 20 participants d’Afrique Centrale. L’atelier a pour objectif d’aider les Etats parties, de la sous région, à identifier les sites naturels et culturels ayant la valeur universelle exceptionnelle pour figurer sur les Listes Indicatives nationales. Il aura lieu à Libreville, Gabon, du 11 au 15 octobre 2010. Pendant l’atelier, les participants seront formés à l’élaboration d’une Liste indicative. Ils auront aussi l’opportunité d’évaluer la Liste Indicative de leur pays, l’état de conservation et les valeurs exceptionnelles des biens. Les sessions de formation seront organisées autour des présentations des participants, celles des personnes ressources, ainsi que de discussions et d’exercices de groupe sur l’élaboration d’une Liste indicative.

Organisateurs :

Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain

Le Centre du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO

Ministère de la Culture, de la Jeunesse, des Sports et Loisirs – Gabon

Ministère de l’Eau, des Forêts, de l’Environnement et du Développement durable

Agence nationale des parcs nationaux – Gabon

Bureau régional de l’UNESCO au Gabon

Eligibilité :

  • Les candidatures sont ouvertes aux professionnels du patrimoine qui travaillent avec les institutions nationales du patrimoine les agences chargées des dossiers d’inscription sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial.
  • Une préférence sera accordée aux candidatures en provenance des pays suivants : Rwanda, Burundi, République centrafricaine, Congo, Gabon, République Démocratique du Congo, Tchad, Cameroun, Guinée équatoriale et Sao Tome et Principe.
  • Chaque pays pourra proposer DEUX participants pour l’atelier (nature et culture).

Coûts :

Un nombre limité de bourses est disponible pour le transport et l’hébergement des participants.

Candidatures :

Les candidatures et les lettres d’approbation des responsables d’institutions devront être envoyées par email à: JacobN@awhf.net avec copie à nzamba2sacouvert@yahoo.fr et àL.Maziz@unesco.org.

Date de clôture des candidatures : 31 Août 2010



Graça Machel Scholarship Programme

Opportunity type: Fellowships and Scholarships

Opportunity closing date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Graça Machel Scholarships for postgraduate study in South Africa (Women Only)

The key aim of the Graça Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the female human resources necessary for economic, social and cultural development in the southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community.

Scholarships that target women have long been recognized as an effective approach in addressing gender equality and eradicating poverty. By providing opportunities to study at postgraduate level, these scholarships aim to empower women and to equip them to take up leadership positions in order to have a direct impact in the communities, nations and region in which they live. Following in the footsteps of Graça Machel, these female scholars will be positive rolemodels for other women.

The scholarship is for female students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe studying in South Africa.

The scholarship is for two years’ postgraduate study and includes payment of a maintenance allowance, travel, health insurance and tuition fees. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to women on the basis of academic/professional merit, financial need, intended academic programme, leadership potential and commitment to work for constructive change in Africa . Applicants must have at least two years’ relevant work experience.


“The Seminar, Heritage, Memory and Politics kicks off at CHDA…

The seminar jointly organised by the CHDA, French Embassy in Kenya, French Institute of Research on Africa, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya, National Museums of Kenya and the Research Institute for Development in Kenya has over 60 participants. They include; researchers, scholars and heritage professionals. Countries represented by the participants are; Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Benin, Mali and France.”


ICCROM is pleased to announce the 4th International Course on Conservation of Modern Architecture – MARC11 that will be held in Helsinski, Finland from 28 May – 23 June 2011.

The course aims to improve architectural conservation practice through identifying specific values in modern architecture, recognizing and evaluating ideas and contexts of the modern movement, understanding problems in preservation of modern buildings, recognizing the decision-making process and promoting discussion among specialists in these fields.
We are interested in inviting applications from architects, engineers, architectural historians, conservator-restorers and interior designers involved in the field of architectural conservation.
Thank you also for disseminating widely this information to the relevant networks.
Applications should reach ICCROM by 12 October 2010 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.


Conservation of Modern Architecture MARC 2011
4th International Course on the Conservation of Modern Architecture
Metamorphosis – Understanding and Managing Change

Dates:28 May – 23 June 2011

Place: Helsinki, Finland

ICCROM – International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of
Cultural Property (www.iccrom.org)
National Board of Antiquities (www.nba.fi)
Alvar Aalto Academy (www.alvaraalto.fi)
Aalto University (www.aalto.fi)
Tampere University of Technology (www.tut.fi)
Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia (www.artun.ee)
University of Oulu (www.oulu.fi)
The City of Seinäjoki (www.seinajoki.fi)
Stadium Foundation (www.stadion.fi)
Senate Properties (www.senaatti.fi)

DOCOMOMO International
ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Finland

Course objectives
The MARC 2010 course aims to improve architectural conservation practice by:
identifying specific values in modern architecture;
recognizing and evaluating ideas and contexts of the modern movement;
understanding problems in preservation of modern buildings undergoing changes;
recognizing the decision-making processes involved in conservation of the 20th century heritage;
promoting discussion among specialists in these fields.

Course programme
The architectural heritage of the recent past forms a substantial part of the existing building stock in many countries. It is currently facing challenges to its rehabilitation and survival. Responding to the needs of professionals, this international course will address the practical problems encountered in the process of conservation, restoration and adaptive use of buildings from an architectural point of view.
The course will feature a range of learning strategies that will draw upon participants’ own professional knowledge while adding new information and skills through readings, discussions, and a number of collaborative practical exercises. The field work reference site of MARC 2011 is the Helsinki 1952 Olympic Stadium (Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, built in 1938 for the cancelled 1940 Olympics, several alterations 1939-1994) and the Administrative and Cultural Centre of Seinäjoki (Alvar Aalto, competition 1951, built 1960-1987) which are in process of being altered and repaired again.

The course will include a required preparatory task prior to arrival in Helsinki. This preparatory task will allow participants to increase their background knowledge in key topic areas through readings and a preliminary exercise that they will undertake while in their home countries.

The international course is designed for a maximum of 24professionals. The course will be for e.g. architects, engineers, architectural historians, conservator-restorers and interior designers involved in the the field of architectural conservation.

Preference will be given to candidates working in positions in which they can share, transmit and disseminate the skills and information gained during the course. Preference will also be given to applicants from ICCROM Member States.

Teaching team
Teaching staff will be composed of recognized heritage conservation professionals having both practical and theoretical experience and knowledge in training. They will represent a broad international perspective in their fields of expertise.

Working language
The official language of the course will be English.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.

Course fee:1200 EUR (Euro)

Travel, accommodation and living expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Helsinki and their accommodation and living expenses during the course. Participants should plan for a minimum allowance of Euros 1800 for living expenses. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.

Please fill out the ICCROM application form (obtainable from the ICCROM web site:www.iccrom.org) and send it together with a full professional Curriculum Vitae (in English) to the contact address below. Electronic versions of applications sent by email are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.

MARC 2011 Course
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553 349
Email: marc2011@iccrom.org

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 12 October 2010to ensure inclusion in our selection

For more information please contact: marc2011@nba.fi


The Director of CHDA participated in one of the final planning meetings for the development of the post Africa 2009 program for heritage resources management in Africa in Rome from 13 to 16 April 2010. Facilitated by the secretariat of Africa 2009 at ICCROM, the meeting made serious progress towards a follow up program with a distinct and new identity and with CHDA and EPA as the institutional champions.

The new program follows hard on the heels of the very successful twelve year program which saw: many African heritage professionals trained, developed and supported in the conservation and use of immovable cultural heritage,










It was a hive of activities at the Old Law Courts yesterday evening, 23rd June 2010. The Consulate of the Republic of Mozambique was inaugurating its exhibition of the famous Makonde Art – beautiful, exciting and awe inspiring sculptures, done in ebony wood (Mpingo) and in three different styles: Ndida (Binadamu), Shetani and Ujamaa. The pieces were done by members of the Mozambique community living in Mombasa.
The Official opening was done by none other than the Mozambican High Commissioner to Kenya, His Excellency Manuel Goncalves and participants were treated to rare Mozambican dance to music that may be called ‘Afrofusion’, mixing Mozambican indigenous languages with Kiswahili words and making music that sound so nice to the ears.

The exhibition will be on until 27th July 2010 and is open to viewing free of charge. The art work will be on sale on Sunday 27th July 2010.


seminar presenting Africa 2009 achievements and future

seminar presenting Africa 2009 achievements and future

CHDA Director, Deirdre Prins-Solani and Baba Keita, outgoing coordinator for the Africa 2009 program were guests of the National Heritage Board of Sweden from 8 May to the 14 May 2010. Birgitte Hoberg and Karin Schibbye, committed advisors and supporters of the Africa 2009 program and heritage management in Africa had organized a seminar in Stolkholm to report on the achievements of the Africa 2009 program and to present for discussion the work in progress of the follow up program. SIDA had been the biggest and longest serving financial contributor to the Africa 2009 program, with the advice and support of the Swedish National Heritage Board
Birgitte Hoberg, Inger Liliegvist(Director-General Culture), Baba Keita, Karin Schibbye and Deirdre Prins-Solani at a special welcome dinner in Stolkholm

Birgitte Hoberg, Inger Liliegvist(Director-General Culture), Baba Keita, Karin Schibbye and Deirdre Prins-Solani at a special welcome dinner in Stolkholm

Birgitte Hoberg, Inger Liliegvist(Director-General Culture), Baba Keita, Karin Schibbye and Deirdre Prins-Solani at a special welcome dinner in Stolkholm

Birgitte Hoberg, Inger Liliegvist(Director-General Culture), Baba Keita, Karin Schibbye and Deirdre Prins-Solani at a special welcome dinner in Stolkholm

As a part of the 5 day program, Baba Keita and Deirdre Prins-Solani were introduced to colleagues from the University of Gothenburg, Mariestad campus where an exciting program in the conservation of Built Heritage through teaching traditional building and finishing techniques to emergent builders, crafts people is conducted. A visit was also made to the Cultural Heritage without Borders head office to explore potential collaboration in restoration projects which need to take place within post-war/conflict sites in Africa.
The Africa 2009 report back seminar was held at the headquarters of the Swedish National Heritage Board. Participants welcomed the report back presentation made by Baba Keita very warmly and were excited at the outcomes of the program and the legacy it has left in the management of Africa Immovable Cultural heritage. There was positive feedback and valuable insights shared around the new proposed program presented by Deirdre Prins-Solani which shall be incorporated into the final proposal. A special word of appreciation to Inger Heldal who traveled from Norway to spend time with Baba and Deirdre in Sweden and for providing valuable wisdom and insight into developing the new proposal.


The much awaited, exciting four continent collaborative program has finally arrived!

Funded by a generous grant from the European Commission, the program which brings together issues of cultural diversity, movable heritage and intangible cultural heritage ultimately provides a platform for intercultural learning and sharing. The steering committee was launched in May 2010. The discussions between the four partners at the meeting; International Centre for Cultural Diversity in Hainan Province, China; Ikworama Rainforest Centre, Centre for Heritage Development in Africa and the University of Newcastle proved the shared values and vision critical to ensuring a successful partnership. The first training workshop in Newcastle is planned for September 2010, followed shortly thereafter by the CHDA, Mombasa workshop.