Application Deadline: August 31st 2018
- Strengthening Capacities of World Heritage Professionals in the Arab Region for Cultural and Mixed sites Pilot workshop
- 9 to 13 December 2018
- Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
The Arab Region as designated by the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) includes nineteen State Parties where the official language is Arabic, which are scattered throughout North Africa,the Middle East and Asia. This huge region is home to 84 properties belonging to the Heritage of Humanity and which are inscribed on the World Heritage List. Although this number does not reflect the richness and diversity of cultural and natural sites of potential Outstanding Universal Value located in this area, it provides some scope of its legacy for current and future generations of humanity.
These sites are protected by their status as World Heritage Sites under all requirements and mechanisms of the 1972 Convention, which implies insuring a high level of national protection
and involving the efforts of the international community if need to be.
The global challenges facing World Heritage Sites in general and more specifically in the region,
from climate change to uncontrolled development and tourism, dictate that more specialized expertise in certain aspects related to World Heritage is required today and in the future. The Arab States Region, like all other regions of the world, will need to enhance and promote the development of such expertise in order to better identify, protect, and manage cultural and or natural World Heritage sites.
The methodological approach of the workshop contains the following elements:
- Lectures by resource-persons regarding the main concepts and mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention, Practical exercise
- Hands-on activities that will allow participants to exchange ideas and experience, and learn within working groups through practical information and knowledge related to World Heritage Sites state of conservation and case studies presentations by the participants;
- Guided tour and field work during the visit the World Heritage Site of Qal’at al-Bahrain–Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun, as part of the training programme, to improve the understanding of protection and management of World Heritage Sites;
12 to 15 participants from the Arab Region will be selected for the training, matching the following criteria:
- Have at least 5 years of experience working in the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage;
- Be fluent in English (oral and writing) and Arabic;
- A minimum knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and the Operational Guidelines is required;
- Be motivated, active, and driven, and be interested in engaging in the field of World Heritage through assisting the Arab States and the Advisory Bodies in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention;
- Only experts from the 19 countries of the Arab Region that have ratified the World Heritage Convention will be accepted;
- Only one applicant per country will be selected.
The cost of the participant is covered by the ARC-WH | Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage. This will include:
- Roundtrip travel ticket to Bahrain
- Local transportation
- All applicants are kindly requested to complete the application form and e-mail it no later than 31 August 2018 to the following e-mail addresses:
- Mr. Mohamed Ziane Bouziane: email@example.com
- Mrs. Selma Kassem: firstname.lastname@example.org
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