World Heritage Leadership Capacity Building course  for Nordic-Baltic experts

World Heritage Leadership Capacity Building course for Nordic-Baltic experts


Partners: IUCN, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, in collaboration with ICOMOS and UNESCO World Heritage Centre


Call for Participants

World Heritage Leadership Capacity Building course  for Nordic-Baltic experts

We are seeking 20 participants to take part in a World Heritage Leadership Capacity Building Course for Nordic-Baltic experts. The course is open to heritage professionals from the cultural and natural heritage sectors in the Nordic-Baltic countries, who are interested in understanding the working procedures of the World Heritage Convention, and are potentially willing to strengthen the professional capacities of the Advisory Bodies.

This one-week course aims at enhancing the capacity of cultural and natural heritage professionals from the Nordic-Baltic region, on processes related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. It also aims to strengthen the technical networks of the Advisory Bodies and enhance communication and collaboration between cultural and natural heritage professionals.

The course will consist of an overview of key concepts and processes of the World Heritage Convention. It will introduce participants to the protection, management and monitoring processes for World Heritage properties and also provide an opportunity to learn how the Advisory Bodies prepare the State of Conservation reports presented to the World Heritage Committee each year. The participants will be guided through the evaluation processes of the Advisory Bodies and their recommendations. Various field trips to heritage sites in the vicinity will be conducted to provide knowledge for field evaluation and monitoring mission procedures.

This course is implemented under the World Heritage Leadership Programme, a capacity-building programme delivered by IUCN and ICCROM in collaboration with ICOMOS and UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and developed with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and other partners. The Programme focuses on promoting links between people-nature-culture in the management of heritage places, and securing for heritage a more dynamic role in wider sustainable development. Course content will also cover aspects of the World Heritage Leadership Programme centering on effective management, resilience and impact assessments.

Participants should be able to demonstrate their involvement in ongoing research or projects regarding natural or cultural heritage conservation, and their activities in relation to World Heritage sites in their country or region.

The working language of the course will be English.

Travel, accommodation and living expenses

Participants will be responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Bergen, Norway. Accommodation and daily expenses will be provided by the organizers. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies, and inform ICCROM of any funding secured or in the process of application. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding from external sources at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted to cover travel expenses. Request for financial support should be indicated in the application form.


Please fill the ICCROM application form and send it together with a full professional curriculum vitae (in English and maximum 3 pages) to the following e-mail: nordiccourse2018 (at)

Only participants from Nordic-Baltic countries are eligible to apply to this course (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden).

Application deadline

Applications should reach ICCROM by 10 June 2018 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.