Delegation from Yuncheng City, Shanxi, China

September 27, 2017

Delegation from Yuncheng City, Shanxi, ChinaOn 27 September, ICCROM received the visit of a delegation of six high-level professionals from Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province, China. The goal was to discuss issues of common interest including the protection and restoration of stone historical relics as well as to foster relations between the Yuncheng Cultural Relics and Tourism Bureau and ICCROM.

They were received by Alison Heritage, Heritage Science Officer, Collections Unit and by Paul Arenson, Manager, Knowledge and Communication Services.

Member State represented: China

Sherry Chen

July 5, 2017

Sherry ChenSherry Chen from the People’s Republic of China will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 3 to 28 July 2017.

Sherry is currently completing an MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage at the American University of Rome.  Her internship will focus on private sector fundraising and how to engage Chinese companies holding investments or with intent to invest in Africa, in efforts to support cultural heritage in Africa. For years now, China’s “Go Out” policy has encouraged Chinese companies (SOEs – state operated enterprises and private companies) to venture abroad.  China’s engagement in Africa has generated important investments in an array of sectors from infrastructure to telecoms to mining to services.  The research will help in developing ICCROM’s strategy on possible partnerships with Chinese companies in Africa and will contribute in the future to building the basis of an action plan with a private sector coalition in Africa.

The focus of the Sherry’s internship will be: 1) A survey of all Chinese companies (engineering, infrastructure development, telecom, banks etc.) that have business interests in Africa, and particularly in West Africa; 2) A survey of cultural anthropology studies carried out by Chinese SOEs and private companies; and 3) Researching potential corporate partners for ICCROM in Africa.

ICCROM would like to work closely with a private sector coalition that unites multinational and national companies wishing to work on global heritage conservation issues. Sherry will prepare a report on areas such as the geographical scope of operations of the companies, their corporate social responsibility strategy in Africa, and existing partnerships with NGOs.

Member State represented: China

Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

May 23, 2017


Course on Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

with special reference to China


 Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites

DATES: 14-25 August 2017

PLACE: Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China


SACH- State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China

CACH- China Academy of Cultural Heritage

ICCROM- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Management and Monitoring of World Heritage SitesBACKGROUND

The course is organized by ICCROM and CACH at the invitation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) to benefit professionals working at World Heritage properties in China. However, the course will also be attended by international group of participants selected by ICCROM and funded by SACH. This course is a follow up to two successful courses on “Management and Monitoring of World Heritage Sites with special reference to China” organized and implemented 2011 and 2016 at the invitation of SACH. Continue reading…

Fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded in Beijing

January 10, 2017

Fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded in BeijingThe fourth ICCROM-CHA Annual Forum concluded on 9 December 2016 at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Annual Forum has been organized since 2013, with the collaboration and financial support of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea.

The objectives of the Annual Forum are to explore, research, and debate key themes emerging from the Asian region that have implications for effective conservation and management of heritage.  These debates should result in formulation of policy guidance notes and/or principles related to the above themes, for improved and effective conservation and management of heritage. The Forum is also expected to contribute to capacity-building efforts in the region. Continue reading…

Pingli Feng

October 12, 2016

Pingli FengPingli Feng will be carrying out a fellowship at ICCROM until mid December. She is a trained conservator who has been working since 2009 at the Conservation and Restoration Center of Cultural Heritage at Sichuan Museum in China. She is also completing a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology at Sichuan University in Chengdu.

Through her work at the Sichuan Museum, she has been involved in both the research and practice of conservation and restoration, focusing primarily on risk assessments of museum collection. This angle comes as a result of her participation in the 2014 course on Reducing Risks to Collections organized by ICCROM, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) and the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH).

While at ICCROM, she will use the ICCROM Library and Archives for her research on Risk Assessment of Climate-Induced Damage in Museum Collections of the Sichuan Region.

Officials from China

June 10, 2016

Visit of a group of five officials from ChinaOn 10 June ICCROM received the visit of a group of five officials from China: Mr Li Sujie, Director-General, Yuncheng Foreign Affairs & Overseas Chinese Affairs, Cultural Relics and Tourism Bureau;  Mr Zhou Wenquan, Vice Director General Principal, Yuncheng Foreign Affairs & Overseas Chinese Affairs, Cultural Relics and Tourism Bureau &Yuncheng Museum; Mr Yang Mingzhu, Director, Yuncheng He Dong Museum; Mr Zhong Longgang, Director, Yun Cheng Cultural Relic Station, and Mr Hu Wu Ying, Chairman, Ji Shan county cultural relic tourism management service center.

They were welcomed by the Director-General, Stefano De Caro and Katriina Similä, Project Manager, Collections Unit. Joseph King, Sites Unit Director gave them a presentation on ICCROM.

Member State represented: China

Heritage Impact Assessments

January 22, 2016

Course Announcement

Phnom Sampeau

Dates: 17‐28 October 2016

Venue: Vigan, Philippine.



  • The City Government of Vigan



In recent years the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has examined a considerable number of State of Conservation Reports related to threats from various types of large‐scale development activities to the World Heritage properties. These activities include infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to the land use, some of which are insensitive or inappropriate. The Committee has also examined threats from excessive or inappropriate tourism. Many of these activities have had the potential to impact adversely on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including integrity and authenticity of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. In order to evaluate satisfactorily the potential impacts, the World Heritage Committee has suggested the State Parties concerned to conduct Heritage Impact Assessments. Impact assessment has been a tool used in evaluating impacts by other sectors widely and the time has come to adapt it to suit heritage sector. Continue reading…

Traditional Knowledge Systems

January 6, 2016

Third Annual Forum on the Applicability and Adaptability of Traditional Knowledge Systems in Conservation and Management of Heritage in Asia

Traditional knowledge and its applicability to cultural heritage preservation is increasingly gaining recognition in light of global discourse on sustainable development, climate change, disasters and resilience. In reflection of this worldwide shift, the World Heritage Committee has included the use of traditional knowledge systems for site management within its Operational Guidelines. The natural heritage sector is also very engaged in related activities, and in Africa, institutions have already begun compiling information from various areas of the continent.

Asia is rich in time-tested practices, and the inclusion of these systems into discussions about heritage is timely. Traditional management systems have the power to make a significant impact on the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the region. For example, ancient practices can help curb carbon emissions when maintaining a heritage place, and the continuation or revival of traditional crafts not only ensures that knowledge is passed down through generations, but that artisans can make a stable living. Continue reading…

Promoting People-Centred Approaches

October 2, 2015

Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture – PCA15

Rome and the Bay of Naples, 5-16 October 2015

PCAICCROM is pleased to announce the commencement of its first course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture (PCA15).

This short course is aimed at conservation practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with communities through existing management systems. It will also be used as an opportunity to create a forum for participants to share their experiences in both the cultural and natural heritage sectors, learning from each other and other heritage practitioners who are actively involved with communities. This intensive short course will consists of lectures, interactive sessions on sharing experiences and practical exercises based on a real-life case study in the Bay of Naples.

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