Course on Heritage Impact Assessments
Dates: 15 - 24 October 2012
Place: Shanghai, China
- ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
- World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)
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 World Heritage properties. These activities include infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal, and changes to land use, some of which are insensitive or inappropriate.
The Committee has also examined threats from excessive or inappropriate tourism. Many of these activities could potentially have an adverse impact on Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including the integrity and authenticity of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. In order to adequately evaluate potential impacts, the World Heritage Committee has suggested that the State Parties concerned should conduct Heritage Impact Assessments.
Impact assessments have been used as a tool by other sectors for evaluating various effects and consequences, and the time has come to adapt it for the heritage field. In order to meet the demands of the Committee and taking into account the growing need for professionals to have the knowledge and skills to carry out Heritage Impact Assessments, WHITRAP and ICCROM propose are organizing a training workshop in China.
- To provide participants with knowledge on management requirements for World Heritage sites;
- To discuss reporting and monitoring requirements, including State of Conservation reports and their implications to State Parties;
- To provide the current knowledge and skills for using an impact assessment as a tool for evaluating various factors affecting heritage in general, and World Heritage sites in particular;
- To provide understanding of the knowledge (such as the legal frameworks) for initiating/improving Heritage Impact Assessments in the respective countries of participants;
- To promote the exchange of experiences and information among participants and institutions.
The course is an intensive programme combining both theory and practice, through lectures, case studies and practical exercises. High level interaction is encouraged in the course with participants playing an important part.
The international course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants from the Asia-Pacific region. Priority is given to ：
- Professionals/decision makers directly involved in the planning and management of World Heritage sites in their respective countries having to face challenges of large scale development projects or tourism;
- Professionals/decision makers from State Parties that have been requested to carry out impact assessments by the World Heritage Committee (in this case, candidates from State Parties outside the Asia- Pacific region will be considered).
Participants should be proficient in English including reading, writing, making presentations, and joining in discussions.
The teaching staff includes leading heritage conservation professionals with international and regional experience from ICCROM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, WHITRAP, and regional institutions. These experts will present a broad international perspective in their fields of expertise.
The official language of the course is English. All course content and output will be in English.
A certificate of attendance given by both WHITRAP and ICCROM will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.
Candidates are encouraged to seek financial support from all possible sources such as governmental institutions, employers, and other funding agencies. WHITRAP Shanghai is only able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who cannot secure funding.
Please fill the application form and send it together with the following materials by email or mail to the contact address below:
- Full professional curriculum vitae
- 500 – 750 word report which includes descriptions of the property and an indication of potential development/tourism/infrastructure activities that in your view could threaten the values/OUV of the site. Alternatively, you can present a 500-750 word report on your experience of conducting/participating in an impact assessment study.
- Letter of recommendation
Email is encouraged. All correspondence concerning the above course should be addressed in English to:
Unit Director: Ms. YU Liqing
Contact: Ms. LI Hong
World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre
3rd Floor Wen Yuan Building, 1239 Siping Rd., Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, P.R. China
Tel: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8010; Fax: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8004;
Email: whitrap.training @ gmail.com
Deadline for receiving applications: 1 June 2012