In the current atmosphere of increased infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to land use, there is increasing concern for the adverse effect on heritage properties. In order to ascertain the extent of negative consequences and arrive at mitigation measures, heritage impact assessments are a popular tool.
Heritage Impact Assessments is a course jointly organized by ICCROM and the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP–Shanghai Centre). It is designed to provide cultural heritage professionals with the current knowledge and skills available for using an impact assessment as a means of evaluating various factors affecting cultural heritage in general, and World Heritage sites in particular. The course also provides the knowledge necessary to change legislation and other processes to make heritage impact assessments effective in the respective countries of the participants.