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

African Regional Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture (PNC18)

Time: 14 – 24 August 2018

Place: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Objective

The PNC course aims at contributing towards the new paradigm shift ‘from the care of heritage to that of pursuing the wellbeing of both heritage (natural and cultural) and society as a whole’. The goal is to strengthen understanding of people and communities as a core component of heritage management among those directly or indirectly involved in heritage management, thus ensuring that natural and cultural heritage have a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.
Another objective is to approach natural and cultural heritage conservation as an interrelated and interdependent concept rather than as separate domains, and to rethink current approaches where nature and culture management remain separate. The course aims to provide support to promote quality management at World Heritage properties and other heritage places through understanding the existing linkages and separation of nature and culture in many heritage management systems, which pose policy and institutional challenges, as well as complexities in daily work in specific heritage places.

This course aims to provide participants with knowledge, skills and awareness necessary for working with diverse people and values in managing heritage places, including World Heritage, but also promote long-term networks for life-long peer learning and enhanced capacity building in the heritage sector. Moreover, the outcomes of this course, along with other World Heritage Leadership Programme initiatives, should contribute to consolidating people-centred approaches and nature-culture linkages throughout World Heritage processes since World Heritage has the potential to be a catalyst for improvements to institutional and legal frameworks in many State Parties with positive repercussions for heritage in general.