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Workshop increases community involvement in African natural World Heritage sites

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 08:00
Managers of natural World Heritage sites in Africa met with national coordinators of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme from several African countries in Limbe, Cameroon from 10 to 14 February to discuss how to involve local communities in the conservation of World Heritage sites. This workshop is part of UNESCO’s Africa Nature Programme, which aims to improve the conservation of natural World Heritage sites in Africa through targeted ...
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First mission to Gao since end of military occupation of northern Mali takes stock of serious damage to the city's cultural heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 08:00
UNESCO, Malian and international experts have completed the first assessment of damage to cultural heritage in Gao, following the occupation by armed groups of parts of northern Mali. Their work addressed both sites and the cultural practices of local people. “Urgent measures are required to safeguard the Tomb of Askia World Heritage site before the next rainy season in June,” said Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Director of UNESCO’s Office in Bamako, who took part in ...
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Potential boundary modification to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage site

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 08:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has taken note of information provided by individuals and civil society organizations concerning the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage site, and thanks them for their considerations and concerns. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received a request from the Australian Government seeking the approval of the World Heritage Committee for a minor modification to the boundaries of the Tasmanian Wilderness  World Heritage site on 31 January ...
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Over 3 million USD pledged for the African World Heritage Fund at African Union Head of State Summit

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 08:00
On Friday 31 January 2014, UNESCO joined forces with the African Union Commission to raise awareness and funds for the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) during the African Union (AU) Heads of State luncheon at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants pledged a total of 3,050,000 USD in support of the AWHF Endowment Fund. 54 Member States of the African Union were invited to the luncheon, which was hosted by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union ...
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South Asia World Heritage Serial Nomination for the Silk Roads Project Launched with the Support of the UNESCO/Korea Funds-in-Trust

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 08:00
The UNESCO/Korea Funds-in-Trust project, “Support for the Preparation of the World Heritage Serial Nomination for the Silk Roads in South Asia,” was officially approved last July 2013 and has now launched operational activities, in the form of consultation and training meetings, both in Nepal and Bhutan in October and November 2013, respectively. This undertaking will highlight a significant portion of the Silk Roads-largest cultural routes network in the history of ...
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Banc d'Arguin National Park and Wadden Sea sign historic Twinning Arrangement

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 08:00
The Banc d’Arguin National Park (Mauritania) and The Wadden Sea (Germany /The Netherlands) are the most critical sites for migratory birds on the East Atlantic Flyway and are intimately connected in a unique and fascinating way. The Wadden Sea provides support to migratory birds as a staging, moulting and wintering area. Every year, approximately 30% of the estimated 7 million wading birds that use the East Atlantic Flyway spend the winter at Banc d’Arguin National Park. ...
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The OWHC's Regional Secretariat for Northwest Europe publishes position paper

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00
The Regional Secretariat Northwest Europe of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), one of the organization’s 8 regional secretariats, has recently published a position paper on “Safeguarding and Further Developing World Heritage Cities”. Based on the experiences of its member cities, the paper addresses the challenges and experimented hands-on solutions to managing World Heritage as part of integrated urban development. Taking into account the ...
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UNESCO welcomes growing commitment by oil, gas and mining corporations to keep out of World Heritage sites

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:00
UNESCO has welcomed confirmation from French-based oil and gas corporation Total that it will refrain from prospecting or exploiting oil and gas in natural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, saying this was an encouraging sign for World Heritage conservation. In a letter sent earlier this month to UNESCO, Total’s Directeur délégué, Relations avec les ONG et la Société civile (Vice President for relations with NGOs ...
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Great Barrier Reef state of conservation

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:00
The World Heritage Committee, at its last meeting in June 2013, expressed concern for the Great Barrier Reef and requested Australia ensure that the property remains well protected. We received a report on the state of conservation from the Australian government this week. We are currently reviewing this report and all other available information regarding developments concerning the World Heritage site. The assessment of the situation will be made public in May, ahead of the World ...
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Deadline for reception of nominations

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:00
As this year 1 February falls on a weekend, nominations, additional information concerning pending referrals and minor boundary modifications must be received at the World Heritage Centre, in compliance with the Operational Guidelines, the preceding Friday, that is 31 January 2014 by 17h00 GMT. Should you need any further information please contact Mr Alessandro Balsamo, Nominations Manager, Policy and Statutory Implementation Section of the ...
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UNESCO Director-General Condemns Destruction to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 03:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed grave concern about the damage to Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art, following the reported explosion of a car near the Police Security Directorate, which is located at Port Said Street in Cairo, in front of the main entrance of the Museum. “I firmly condemn this attack and the destruction it has caused to the world-renowned Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, which hosts thousands of invaluable ...
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First meeting of Open-Ended Working Group

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 23:00
At its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013), the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention decided (Resolution 19 GA 4) to fully apply Article 8, paragraph 2, of the World Heritage Convention which stipulates that “Election of members of the Committee shall ensure an equitable representation of the different regions and cultures of the world". In this regard, the General Assembly, decided to establish an Open-Ended Working ...
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Orientation session for the members of the World Heritage Committee

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing an orientation session for the members of the World Heritage Committee. The purpose of this Orientation session is to inform all members of the World Heritage Committee on the procedures in force as well as on the processes set out in the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, notably for nomination of properties and examination of their state of conservation. 23 January 2014, from 10h to 13h UNESCO ...
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Community involvement in valuing and managing monuments and sites

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:00
The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven) is very pleased to invite you to the Thematic Week to be held at the Arenberg Castle (Auditorium 01.07) from 22 to 24 January 2014 on the topic : “Community involvement in valuing and managing monuments and sites”. The value of heritage for society is increasingly underscored. This goes hand in hand with a growing interest for the involvement of local communities (the heirs of that local heritage) in ...
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Seminar on urban planning systems, a regulatory tool for the protection and management of World Heritage sites and cultural landscapes

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:00
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at the Grande Arche de La Défense, (Paris France) the French Association of World Heritage sites is organizing a seminar on "urban planning systems, a regulatory tool for the protection and management of World Heritage sites and cultural landscapes ". This seminar is organized with the support of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in partnership with the World Heritage Bassin Minier Mission and the World ...
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Date: 5:30 pm Thursday 31 May 2012
Venue: Room 612 Institute of Archaeology University College London
Followed by wine reception
in 609 Staff Common Room
All Welcome!

Mr. GUO Zhan, the vice president of ICOMOS, will share his rich experiences on World Heritage nomination and management. The application of the World Heritage Convention to China has resulted in many positive developments upon heritage resource management. In such a vast territory – with extreme differences of education, economic and social development, cultural diversity and natural conditions – the impacts have been diverse and complex. Numerous interesting issues have arisen, not least the perception of divergence between the western and Chinese cultural values.

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The Slate Industry Landscapes of North Wales – ICOMOS-UK 2012 Summer Conference & AGM

23rd- 25th July 2012
Snowdonia National Park Field Studies Centre Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Gwynedd, North-West Wales Please note: Reserved accommodation almost fully booked!!
All single rooms at the Conference Centre now fully-booked; only doubles/twins still available.
There may also be rooms at the nearby Oakeley Arms or other local accommodation – see below.

Crown copyright: RCAHMW

ICOMOS-UK is pleased to invite you to our Summer Meeting and AGM at the Snowdonia National Park Field Studies Centre, Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Gwynedd, north-west Wales, organised in collaboration with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW).

This meeting will focus on the spectacular sites and forthcoming nomination of the Slate Industry of Northern Wales for World Heritage status. We will visit some of the vast quarries, mines and surviving settlements of what were the world’s largest slate quarries and discuss aspects of the management and conservation of such complex industrial sites and landscapes. We will include a trip on the historic Ffestiniog Railway which runs past Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, itself a former slate quarry owner’s mansion in magnificent mountainous surroundings.

Copyright: Ffestiniog Railway

On the third day delegates will be joined by members of the Pan-European Atlanterra Inter-reg Partnership from France, Portugal and Spain, who will give presentations on slate industries in other parts of Europe, to put the Welsh industry in international context, and lead a discussion of ‘valorisation’ (gaining heritage value from the industrial heritage) which is a particular interest of this international group.

Summer Meeting Programme

  Monday 23rd July:

13.30 Meet at Conference Centre
Train trip on the historic steam-operated Ffestiniog Railway to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to visit the underground Llechwedd Slate Mines

19.00 Dinner at Conference Centre

20.30 After dinner lecture by Dr. David Gwyn, Govannon Consulting: Introduction to the Welsh Slate Industry and the proposed World Heritage nomination

  Tuesday 24th July:

9.00-9.30 Spencer Smith, RCAHMW: Animating the Welsh Slate Industry

10.00-14.30 Site visit to Welsh National Slate Museum, part of Dinorwig & Vivian’s Quarries and associated settlements at Deiniolen (packed lunch provided)

14.30-15.00 Tea & Coffee

15.00-17.00 Workshop on management of Slate Industry Landscapes chaired by Dr David Gwyn with representatives of local institutions and organisations

18.00 Evening reception

19.00 Dinner at Conference Centre

  Wednesday 25th July:

Presentations by Atlanterra delegates:

9.00-9.30 Dr. Enrique Diaz-Martinez, Instituto Geologico y Minero de España, Spain: The Slate Industry of Spain

9.30-10.00 Dr. João Matos, Laboratorio National de Energia e Geologia, Portugal: The Slate Industry of Portugal

10.00-10.30 Prof. Philippe Cayla, University of Nantes; Président Association L’Ardoise (Angevin Slate Industry), France:
The Slate Industry of France [In French with simultaneous translation]

10.30-11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.00-12.00 Panel Discussion on ‘Valorisation’ (gaining heritage value) of Mining Heritage

12.30-13.30 ICOMOS-UK AGM

13.30 Lunch at Conference Centre OR Optional trip to the slate port of Porthmadog with packed lunch on Ffestiniog Railway to view the historic railway works and the ‘Cob’ sea embankment

Minibuses to the main railway stations at Porthmadog (Cambrian Coast Line), Bangor (north Wales Coast Line) or back to Plas Tan-y-bwlch will be available
from 16.20 onwards.
Please note that the Programme might be subject to change for reasons beyond our control

____________________________________ Accommodation

Please note that limited accommodation is available at the Conference Centre. This includes single and double rooms (some en-suite) and prices are from £45-£60 for singles and £65-£80 for doubles for B&B. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the ICOMOS-UK office on 020 7566 0031 or admin@icomos-uk.org if you wish to book these rooms.
Members who wish to arrange their own accommodation may like to contact the Oakeley Arms near the entrance gate of the Conference Centre (http://www.oakeleyarms.co.uk) or contact the Snowdonia Tourist Information Centre (http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/)

______________________________________ Conference Fees:

(The delegate fee includes lectures, 2 site visits, 2 lunches and 2 dinners)


ICOMOS-UK Members @ £140
ICOMOS-UK Young professional members@ £110
Non-members/Guests @ £195
Optional trip to Porthmadog (Wed 25th) @ £15
For more information and a booking form please contact:

Camilla Massara
Tel: 020 7566 0031
E-mail: camillamassara@icomos-uk.org


This conference is organised in collaboration with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

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