The ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership (WHL) programme, the Unit for the Caribbean and Latin America of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Regional World Heritage Institute in Zacatecas (IRPMZ) have come together to support World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In the second half of 2023, a 3-day course on applying the new Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit 2.0 (EOH 2.0) was organized for World Heritage site managers. Between October and November 2023, three World Heritage properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru received support in conducting a management effectiveness assessment for their sites.  

World Heritage Leadership EOH 2.0 course in LAC

ICCROM-IUCN's WHL, UNESCO and IRPMZ have established a strong partnership to provide capacity building on World Heritage management to institutions, organizations and heritage professionals involved in the management of World Heritage sites in the LAC region with the “Strengthening World Heritage management in World Heritage properties in Latin America and the Caribbean” project. This is an advanced capacity-building activity that targets participants of the previous two Spanish editions of the “Managing World Heritage: People Nature Culture” courses, which were held in February 2022 (PNC22 LAC) and April 2023 (PNC23 LAC). 

The project has two phases: a regional course on management effectiveness assessment and a second phase of mentoring three selected teams in the application of the Enhancing Our Heritage 2.0 Toolkit (EOH 2.0). The aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of the management system of three properties in the LAC region. The goal is to provide essential capacity building and tools to manage World Heritage sites and strengthen the regional network of professionals and institutions tasked with managing them.  

For the first phase, a 3-day course on assessing the effectiveness of World Heritage management brought together 64 representatives of heritage institutions and practitioners from 14 World Heritage properties in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru, namely: 

EOH 2.0 publication

The course gave participants an overview of the importance of assessing the effectiveness of management efforts to understand what is working and what needs improvement using the EOH 2.0 methodology to conduct a full assessment of their sites' management systems. The course explained the uses of EOH 2.0 and how it should be applied and provided a thorough explanation of how to carry out the entire assessment process, including an explanation of how to use all the toolkit's worksheets.  

"The use of the Toolbox 2.0 tools has allowed us to make an x-ray of the state of the management system of our World Heritage property".  

– Participating team from the World Heritage property of the Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca 

After the course, the teams had the chance to apply for four months of one-on-one tailored mentoring. From September to December 2023, the WHL programme and UNESCO guided the three selected teams - the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; the Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico; and the Peruvian component of the Qhapaq Ñan - Sistema Vial Andino - in applying the EOH 2.0 Toolkit to assess the effectiveness of their sites' management systems.