“Strengthening Capacities of World Heritage Professionals in the Arab Region for Cultural and Mixed sites” - Third workshop

ARC WH ICOMOS Third workshop photo









From 7 to 10 December 2020, the third edition of the workshop “Strengthening Capacities of World Heritage Professionals in the Arab Region for Cultural and Mixed sites” was held online. It was organized by the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) and ICOMOS in the framework of their Memorandum of Understanding.

The event meant to deepen the understanding, of the World Heritage Convention implementation in the Arab Region, taking into account its regional specificities. This was the 3rd course organized by ARC-WH and ICOMOS International.

The online workshop was directed to World Heritage professionals that already participated in the first two workshops organized in 2018, in Manama, Bahrain (English version), and in 2019, in Rabat, Morocco (French version). It provided an opportunity to deepen the understanding of specific World Heritage matters. Participants from the first two courses were requested to identify concepts that needed to be more profoundly clarified and explained. It welcomed 15 participants from 8 different countries of the Arab States.

The three-day workshop introduced and discussed the concepts of Heritage Impact Assessment, Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, Management Planning, the preparation of a Nomination Dossier, the Upstream Process and the preparation of Tentative Lists and the Vernacular Built Heritage in the Arab Region. Two other topics were considered of greater importance due to the actuality of the themes and presentations were made during the workshop: this was the case of Climate Change & COVID-19 Impact in Heritage.

The workshop successfully attained its goals and contributed for a comprehensive transfer of knowledge with excellent outcomes. ICOMOS and the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) foresee to pursue this fruitful collaboration in the coming years.


Photo: ARC-WH - Mohamed Ziane

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