Joint UNESCO/ICOMOS mission to help support the rehabilitation of Chernihiv's historic centre

UNESCO ICOMOS ChernihivMission March24From 18-22 March 2024, a UNESCO/ICOMOS mission to Chernihiv on Guidance for Developing a Rehabilitation Plan for the Historic Center of Chernihiv and Methodology for Emergency Preparedness Plans was held in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

ICOMOS sent 5 international experts onsite to help with the rehabilitation and methodology.

Background and aim of the mission

The activity took place within the framework of the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust Project ‘Support for Ukraine in culture and education through UNESCO; Emergency response for World Heritage and cultural property: damage assessment and protection’.
The mission aimed to assist in the development of a rehabilitation plan for the historic urban centre of Chernihiv – including the site inscribed on Ukraine’s Tentative List in 1989 as ‘Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th – 13th centuries’.

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Ahead of the mission, 3 UNESCO/ICOMOS workshops were held by ICOMOS for Ukrainian participants, who were brought together in a working group established by the Ministry of Culture, Information and Policy (MCIP).:

  • 15 December 2023 - "Identifying Values and Needs": Presentations by 3 ICOMOS experts on the methodologies of the Historic Urban Landscape, Heritage Impact Assessment and Post-Trauma Recovery and Reconstruction
  • 25 January 2024 - "People-Centred Planning for Urban Rehabilitation" : Presentations by 3 ICOMOS experts on the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Rights-Based Approaches methodology and case studies from Estonia, Ireland, Israel, Poland and Ukraine
  • 29 February 2024 - "Heritage Management in Chernihiv": Presentations by the Ukrainian members of the Working Group for the development of a Rehabilitation Plan for the Historic Centre of Chernihiv and discussion with UNESCO and ICOMOS team members.

ICOMOS participation and programme 

The 5-day field mission consisted of meetings, roundtable discussions with stakeholders, including representatives from departments of the city/municipality as well as representatives from local communities. The topics presented and discussed included the holistic management of heritage sites; heritage rehabilitation and participatory approach, the concept of preparedness in disaster environments and the development of emergency preparedness plans for cultural heritage in ongoing crisis.

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Together with the appointed Ukrainian working group, tasked to work on the Rehabilitation plan, the UNESCO and ICOMOS experts’ team visited monuments and sites in Chernihiv, and on-site discussions were held about the sites that will be documented for emergency preparedness during the next UNESCO/ICOMOS mission which will take place from the end of April.
2 workshops were held on the methodology for the Rehabilitation plan as well the methodology for the Emergency preparedness plan – two crucial documents on the path of post-conflict reconstruction and recovery.
The ICOMOS team comprised of the following experts: Riin ALATALU (Estonia), Sergey KRAVTSOV (Israel), Grainne Shaffrey (Ireland), Zeynep Ece ATABAY (Türkiye) and Zeynep Gül ÜNAL (Türkiye).

Photo credits: UNESCO/ Viktoriia Voroshylova

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