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Bamako conference urges emergency action to safeguard manuscripts

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Storage conditions of ancient manuscripts smuggled out of Timbuktu to Bamako in 2012 must be improved rapidly to avoid decay, concluded participants at an international conference, held from 28 to 30 January in the national capital. They also called for the adoption of an emergency plan to preserve the manuscripts in the long-term. The conference was attended by academics; representatives of cultural and religious institutions; as well as local communities; political leaders, historians and ...
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International Conference on Ancient Manuscripts of Mali

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:00
With the armed conflict that occurred between 2012 and 2013, Mali's cultural heritage, including its ancient manuscripts, was severely damaged. In Timbuktu, many valuable manuscripts were burned or stolen, forcing their owners, communities and local NGOs to exfiltrate them to Bamako, the capital of the country, in the most precarious of conditions. Thanks to the presence of a panel of renowned scientists and experts, the International Conference on Ancient Manuscripts of Mali will ...
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Experts and practitioners draft policy on World Heritage and sustainable development

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
From 22 to 24 January 2015, UNESCO, in cooperation with the Vietnamese authorities, hosted a workshop on World Heritage and sustainable development at the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Viet Nam. The workshop responded to the request by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in Saint Petersburg to develop a policy on the integration of sustainable development into the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The overall goal of such a policy would be to assist States ...
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Belize agrees to Chart Road Map solving Critical Conservation Issues to remove Belize Barrier Reef from Danger List

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Following a week-long constructive discussion with UNESCO's World Heritage Centre and IUCN, the government of Belize agreed to start talks on critical conservation challenges related to the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef from the World Heritage List in Danger.  From 19-23 January 2015, UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, in cooperation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), undertook a technical support mission to Belize with the objective of ...
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International Scientific Committee Meeting on the development of Lumbini

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 17:00
The second meeting of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) on the development of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is taking place in Lumbini from 23 to 25 January 2015. The meeting is a part of the project "Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Phase II)” funded by Japanese government and implemented by UNESCO in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust.
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Celebrating World Wetlands Day: 2 February 2015

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general, and the Ramsar Convention in ...
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Safeguarding Mali's ancient manuscript collections, an international conference in Bamako

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:00
Nearly two years after armed groups occupied northern Mali and destroyed cultural heritage there, an international conference will take place in the capital, Bamako, from 28 to 30 January to examine the long-term conservation of the country's invaluable ancient manuscript collections. UNESCO's Office in Bamako, Mali's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research have organized the conference in ...
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Announcement for Internship Opportunities (South Africa and Benin)

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Internship Opportunities in South Africa and Benin, from 1 April until 30 September 2015. Two internships will run in 2015, one at the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) in Midrand (South Africa) and one at EPA in Porto-Novo (Benin). AWHF was launched in 2006 to support African State Parties in implementing the UNESCO Convention on the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. EPA was established in 1998 and is a post-graduate university institution specialised ...
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Earthwatch launches its 2015 Business Skills Transfer Programme

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Once again this year Earthwatch is offering funded training and mentoring in organisational and business management practices to protected areas in Africa. The application period is now open until 27th February 2015. The Programme is looking to recruit 6 protected areas, who will each nominate 3 members of staff for training during a 10 day residential training course in October 2015. This training is the beginning of a 12 month period of business planning, which is supported by Earthwatch ...
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Technical support mission to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre is organizing a technical support mission to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, property inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 2009. The mission is organized by the World Heritage Centre, in close coordination with the UNESCO Cluster Office in Kingston and the Government of Belize, and is aimed at assisting the State Party of Belize in its efforts to prepare a Desired State of Conservation for Removal of the Belize Barrier Reef ...
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Another Fire at the Royal Palaces of Abomey World Heritage site in Benin

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
On 14 January 2015, a fire has once again ravaged the Palace of the King Houégbadja in the Royal Palaces of Abomey World Heritage property in Benin. Thankfully there were no victims. Despite the efforts of firefighters, all of the thatched roofs of the palace complex were burned. As they were built from fire-resistant earthen architecture, the walls of the palace buildings were spared. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The national authorities have already sent a mission to the ...
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The Polynesian Voyaging Society embarks on a worldwide voyage through marine World Heritage sites

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
Nainoa Thompson and the Polynesian Voyaging Society are embarking on a 3-year trip that will take them to 13 marine World Heritage sites.  The trip will be made in a canoe called Hōkūle‘a, which is a replica of a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled voyaging canoe. UNESCO and the Polynesian Voyaging Society signed a partnership agreement that will strengthen the visibility of marine World Heritage sites, the local people who live and work in these sites and the challenges these unique ...
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Online Travel Itinerary launched about World Heritage sites in the United States

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:00
The National Park Service's newest online travel itinerary highlights the 22 World Heritage sites located in the United States. The project includes fun facts and interesting background information about sites across the country, from the Statue of Liberty to Hawaii Volcanoes, which have universal significance. The World Heritage sites in the United States itinerary is the 60th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series. The series supports ...
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Director-General Presents World Heritage Certificates to Turkey

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:00
On 6 January, during her official visit to Turkey, the Director-General participated in a ceremony to present the World Heritage Certificates for the newly inscribed sites of "Pergamon Multi-layered Cultural Landscape” and "Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of an Empire” on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in the presence of H.E. Ömer Çelik, Minister of Culture and Tourism. The ceremony took place at the stunning Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, which opens ...
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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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