ICOMOS President in Kinshasa to prepare capacity-building workshop
ICOMOS President Teresa Patrício travelled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo to prepare a capacity-building workshop on the elaboration of a general inventory of the country's cultural heritage. This training will be carried out by ICOMOS, thanks to the support of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH) and in collaboration with the National Advisory Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (CCN) of the DRC.
All over the world, national heritage services are establishing national cultural heritage inventories in view of ensuring its protection and enhancement, as well as its transmission to future generations. Today, heritage policies play a central role and are increasingly becoming the engine for sustainable development of civil society. A national inventory of cultural heritage represents the foundation of any heritage policy.
The establishment of an inventory focusing on tangible heritage would provide the basic tool for all heritage management in the DRC and would pave the way for its national protection, conservation, valorisation and promotion.
The main objective of the project is to provide basic cross-cutting training on the different typologies of inventories available, their use as operational and management tools, the sources and types of heritage documentation available, as well as documentation techniques, in order to accompany the heritage professionals in their task of choosing the most appropriate methodology, tools and common strategies to create the said general inventory.
ICOMOS President Teresa Patrício and ICOMOS Secretary General Mario Santana will teach thirty participants of the capacity building workshop to be held next year in Kinshasa and Kongo Central.
Thank you to her Excellency the Minister of Culture, Maitre Catherine Kathungu Furaha and to the many institutions that welcomed our president: the National Library of Congo, the National Institute of Archives, the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the National Advisory Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (CCN), the Wallonia-Brussels Center in Kinshasa, the National Museum of the DRC, the City Library (FUNA), the Office of Urban Planning and Design, and the representation of UNESCO in the DRC.
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