International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management (LNC17)

Time: 6 – 17 June 2017

Place: Røros Mining Town and the Circumference (Norway)

The course was the first major activity of the World Heritage Leadership Programme, and the start of a process to set a new standard to link nature and culture practice in World Heritage Sites. The overall goal of the course is that participants would use added knowledge, skills and awareness so as to address nature and culture inter-linkages, of which people are an integral part, and to improve management and governance approaches of a diverse set of World Heritage Sites through shared experiences from both sectors.


  • To rethink 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.
  • To provide support to practitioners to carry out quality management at World Heritage properties through understanding the existing linkages and separations of nature and culture in the World Heritage system, which poses policy and institutional challenges as well as complexities in their daily work.
  • To build synergies across sectors and engage far more proactively with policy makers, communities and networks in addition to practitioners.
  • To explore and test in the field methodologies/approaches and improve abilities/skills of practitioners to bridge gaps in linking culture and nature.
  • To convince the practitioners to consider people as a core component of heritage management, and to address the well-being of both sets, thus ensuring that natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.
  • To create and strengthen communities of practice.


  • Context: Conservation and Management of Heritage
    • Evolution of Conservation Concepts
    • Current Approaches to Managing Nature-Culture
  • Strengthening Conservation and Management Practices
    • Rights Based Approaches
    • Governance Issues
    • Traditional Knowledge Systems
    • People Centred Approaches
    • Nature-culture: Capacity Building strategy, Engaging Communities
  • Techniques and Tools
  • Learning from Practice (Case Studies)
    • Røros
    • Participants’ presentations

List of Participants

Ms Ana ALEKSOVA (TFYR of Macedonia)
Ms Jean Frances BALSON (Australia)
Ms Manal BIHERY (Sudan)
Ms Mariana R.A.R. CORREIA (Portugal)
Mr Roland EL HADDAD (Lebanon)
Ms Maria Belen GOMEZ DE LA TORRE (Peru)
Ms Dulce María GRIMALDI (Mexico)
Ms Musawa Musonda HAMUSONDE (Zambia)
Mr Baoshan LIU (China)
Ms Hanne LYKKJA (Norway)
Ms Attiat MOHAMED (Egypt)
Mr Oscar Mpiyani Emmanuel MTHIMKHULU (South Africa)
Mr Cebens MUNANZI (Namibia)
Ms Andreea Elena ONOFREI (Romania)
Ms Thi Bich Van PHAM (Viet Nam)
Mr Diego SBERNA (Argentina)
Ms Tara SHARMA (India)
Ms Hatthaya SIRIPHATTHANAKUN (Thailand)
Mr Juraj SVAJDA (Slovakia)
Mr Milton TAPELA (Botswana)