Ongoing courses

World Heritage Management: People Nature Culture (PNC24 Online)

When: Variable, upon requestDuration: 4-6 weeks online/1-2 weeks in person Where: VariesFormat: online, in-person or hybrid

Partners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA), the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage (KNUCH), and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

People-Nature-Culture (PNC) is the flagship foundational course of the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme. The course provides heritage practitioners, policymakers, and community and network representatives with the necessary knowledge and tools to manage heritage places effectively and to work with communities through existing management systems. It merges the nature and culture sectors for a more holistic view of heritage conservation, highlighting how effective management can give heritage places a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future, reflecting the wide array of people who care for, use, and enjoy them. It is important for all relevant actors to be aware of the values that different people associate with a heritage place. They can then collaborate on finding appropriate approaches and methods to protect these diverse values holistically while imparting benefits to society and heritage itself.

PNC ICCROM has long recognized the importance of people-centred approaches, most recently within its programme Promoting People-Centred Approaches to Conservation (2011-2017). The PNC course builds on two of ICCROM’s flagship World Heritage capacity-building activities: the courses Promoting People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Nature and Culture (PCA) and Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management (LNC), which paved the way for people-centred and nature-culture interlinked approaches to managing World Heritage.

People-centred approaches are not only a question of increasing participation within a given management system. The approaches must also ensure that the people most connected to heritage are at the core of its conservation, while underlining the dynamic and mutually beneficial role of heritage in society.

To keep the course curriculum relevant to answering on-the-ground management issues, PNC courses are regularly revised and implemented using relevant and up-to-date World Heritage-relevant resources. In-person PNC courses are hosted at diverse World Heritage sites and heritage places in cooperation with institutions, organizations, and communities in charge of managing these places that collaborate with the World Heritage Leadership programme. 

World Heritage site managers, focal points, and responsible managing institutions interested in hosting an edition of the PNC course are welcome to contact us.

Explore Past Editions

Gestion du patrimoine mondial : Peuples Nature Culture (PNC24)

Managing World Heritage: People, Nature, Culture

Managing World Heritage: People Nature Culture (PNC23 LAC)

World Heritage Management: People Nature Culture (PNC23 Online)

Managing World Heritage: People Nature Culture (PNC22)

People, Nature, Culture - PNC22 LAC

Asian Regional Course on People-Nature-Culture 2021

People Nature Culture - 2019 Sri Lanka

Asian Regional Course on People-Nature-Culture 2019

Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management

Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation

Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture