PCA17 Group Photo

Time: 10 – 20 October 2017

Place: Rome, Herculaneum, Trento (Italy)

This course has been developed by ICCROM and implemented together with IUCN. It is now integrated in the World Heritage Leadership programme, which emerged as a response to the growing concerns over the divide between nature and culture.

The PCA 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’. Its goal is to strengthen practitioners’ understanding of people and communities as a core component of heritage management, thus ensuring that natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.

The course aims to bring practitioners together to share their experiences and learn from others, so as to move practice in the field forward. Taking a people-centred approach is not simply a suggestion for fostering or increasing participation within a management system; it is about addressing a core component of heritage management – the people who are connected to heritage – and ensuring that it is an integral element of conserving that heritage. Heritage should be seen as having the potential to play an active role in communities and to bring benefits to people, thereby demonstrating that heritage is meaningful to society and gaining society’s support for its ongoing use and protection. Engaging communities is about strengthening their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making conservation and management decisions for themselves and their heritage. Although genuine community engagement in heritage remains a huge challenge, many heritage places offer important experiences and lessons for others. Publications and other tools available also contribute to sharing approaches and guidance.


  • Towards People Centred Approached (People Focus)
    • Characterising Communities
    • Evolution of Conservation Concepts in Nature / Culture
    • World Heritage Management
    • People focus:
      • Issues / engagements / rights
      • Academic perspectives
      • Role of heritage in the lives of communities
      • Traditional knowledge systems
    • Tools for engaging communities
    • Sharing experiences

List of Participants

Mr Mohamed AVELOITT (Mauritania)
Ms Sangeeta BAIS (India)
Ms Francesca DEL DUCA (Italy)
Ms Eirini GALLOU (Greece)
Ms Niyati JIGYASU (India)
Ms Susanna KARI (Finland)
Ms Irina LECA (Romania)
Ms Hong LI (China)
Mr Andrew LOWASSA (Tanzania)
Ms Hanne LYKKJA (Norway)
Ms Tamar MELIVA (Georgia)
Ms Shamodi NANAYAKKARA (Sri Lanka)
Ms Nida NAYCI (Turkey)
Ms Marilyn Adriana ORTIZ (Mexico)
Ms Maria João REVEZ (Portugal)
Ms Lisa Marie SELITZ (Germany)
Mr André SPIES (South Africa)
Ms Hoda YACOUB (Egypt)
Mr John ZULU (Zambia)