As part of our role as Advisory Body on natural heritage to the World Heritage Committee, IUCN undertakes training and capacity building for natural World Heritage Site managers, State Parties to the Convention, and other stakeholders involved in the management and conservation of the exceptional sites.
IUCN is currently implementing a capacity building programme in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and ICCROM, and in collaboration with ICOMOS. This three year programme (2010-2012) aims to enhance international and regional capacity on natural heritage. The activities foreseen include a series of six workshops in various regions of the world, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
The purpose of these workshops is to:
- Update and inform cultural and natural heritage professionals on Advisory Body activities and processes supporting the implementation of the World Heritage Convention;
- Build and enhance the capacity of professionals and strengthen the technical networks of the Advisory Bodies, to support the identification, evaluation and conservation of World Heritage properties; and
- Enhance communication and collaboration between cultural and natural heritage professionals within Advisory Body networks, to support a more effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
The first of these workshops took place in May 2010 in Costa Rica for the Latin America region. The second was held in Bénin for Francophone Africa, from 29 November to 3 December 2010.
To facilitate the implementation of the programme and strengthen their partnership, IUCN and ICCROM signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the 34th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia (Brasil). For both organizations, this is a step forward in strengthening links between cultural and natural heritage under the World Heritage Convention.