Story | 07 Feb, 2017

First IUCN-ICCROM World Heritage Leadership course to focus on managing nature-culture links

Enrolment is now open for the first World Heritage Leadership course, which will focus on “Addressing Nature-Culture Interlinkages in Managing World Heritage Sites”. It is organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) – two advisory bodies on World Heritage.

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The course will take place in Norway’s World Heritage site Røros Mining Town and the Circumference from 6 to 16 June 2017. The deadline for applications is 31 March.

Part of World Heritage Leadership, a new project aiming to build the skills of practitioners working through the World Heritage Convention, the course is open to practitioners in the cultural and natural heritage sectors and will be delivered by a mix of experts drawn from both.

It is organised by IUCN, ICCROM and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the Røros Mining Town and the Circumference World Heritage Office, ICOMOS, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.

The course responds to the need for international training to support heritage practitioners who face complexities in everyday work, as the management of natural and cultural heritage often remains separate. It acknowledges the need to rethink current approaches and to build synergies across sectors.

A maximum of 20 participants will be admitted. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their involvement in on-going management activities of a natural heritage site with cultural values or vice versa. To find out how to apply and to download the application form, please refer to the following link:

The World Heritage Leadership programme, funded by Norway as a partnership project between IUCN and ICCROM, takes into account the totality of conservation practice so World Heritage can provide leadership to achieve innovation and excellence within the sector of conservation. “Addressing Nature-Culture Interlinkages in Managing World Heritage Sites” is the first in a series of courses to be held over the next six years.