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Jaeger-LeCoultre helps Cocos Island National Park fight poaching

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:00
Illegal fishing threatens 30% of Marine World Heritage sites, and resources for monitoring and enforcement are always a challenge. Thanks to long-time World Heritage partner Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cocos Island National Park's efforts to fight illegal fishing recently got a major boost. The Swiss watch manufacture donated 30,000 euros, raised through the auction of diving watches inspired by World Heritage, to help maintain the park's patrol boats and fund the installation of a new ...
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UNESCO workshop "African World Heritage: challenges, opportunities and prospects” held 9-11 September 2015

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 18:00
Following the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee and in view of the 10th anniversary of UNESCO/African Union launching of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), the World Heritage Centre brought together African heritage experts to reflect on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Africa region at a two and half day workshop held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 9 to 11 September 2015. Prior to the opening of the workshop, the Africa Unit of the Word ...
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Culture and Heritage in Danger: Education as a force for resistance

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 23:00
SHOWING OF THE DOCUMENTARY « ON THE TRAIL OF TIMBUKTU's MANUSCRIPTS » and ROUND TABLE Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at 3pm, UNESCO Paris (Room I) A part of humanity's cultural heritage, exhibitions of art, ancient manuscripts, and places of important memories were vandalized in Tunisia, Iraq and Syria. These losses of cultural assets during times of crisis deprive a nation's memories, testimonies and materials of the past, but also a precious resource for the ...
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1st Youth Regional Forum for World Heritage in Asia: Call for Participants

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 15:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Participants for the First Youth Regional Forum for the World Heritage in Asia. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO will organize the forum from 25 November to 3 December 2015 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We welcome the participation of all interested young future experts. The forum will allow young people to share regional youth actions with the upcoming ...
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New Episode of Patrimonito's World Heritage Adventures Available

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:00
The thirteenth Episode of the Patrimonito cartoon films on the theme of World Heritage and Biodiversity is now available. The plot is set in the World Heritage site of the Sundarbans National Park located in India. The Sundarbans contains the world's largest area of mangrove forests and is home to numerous rare and endangered species, including tigers, mammals, birds and reptiles. In this episode, Patrimonito and young people take action to foster cohabitation between ...
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Call for Applications: 10th International Training Programme on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 08:00
UNESCO Chair Program on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2015 Organized by the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University In cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP Supported by Toyota Foundation "Initiative Program” Dates and Places Dates of Course: 12th to 28th September, 2015 Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Tohoku area, Japan Theme of ...
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Corps established to strengthen security in DRC National Parks

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 04:00
The World Heritage Centre congratulates the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the establishment of a Corps with the aim of securing national parks. On 15 June 2015 the DRC published decree n° 15/012 on the establishment of a Corps in charge of securing national parks (Corps en charge de la sécurisation des Parcs Nationaux, or CorPPN) and related nature reserves. The CorPPN will ensure the protection of national parks and nature reserves, and support anti-poaching efforts ...
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Bhutan 2015: Workshop and Forum on the Cultural Landscape and Sustaining its Significance

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 02:00
UNESCO World Heritage Centre and UNESCO New Delhi Office, in close collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Royal Government of Bhutan, held the 2015 Bhutan Workshop and Forum on Cultural Landscape and Sustaining its Significance (22 July to 7 August 2015). This activity was financially supported by the NGO Oriental Cultural Heritage Sites Protection Alliance (Paris, France) and Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). Following the 2014 International Competition of Cultural Landscape ...
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Workshop: The management plan of Casablanca, a city candidate for the World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:00
For the last ten years, the architectural heritage of the twentieth century has become more and more important at an international level. However, in the Arab region, the heritage of modernity, and more generally the architectural and urban production of the twentieth century is very weakly represented in spite of the initiatives of the various States concerned. In late 2013, "Casablanca” was added to Morocco's tentative list of the World Heritage. The nomination file is today ...
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Director-General Irina Bokova expresses consternation at the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:00
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, expressed profound dismay as she condemned the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, one of the most important 1st century CE religious monuments in the Middle East, a construction unique in its design. "The destruction of Palmyra constitutes an intolerable crime against civilization but 4,500 years of history will never be erased,” the Director-General declared. "It is essential to explain the history and significance of the ...
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Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova firmly condemns the destruction of Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin, Syria

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:00
The Director-General of UNESCO firmly condemns the destruction of the ancient temple of Baalshamin, an iconic part of the Syrian site of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. "The systematic destruction of cultural symbols embodying Syrian cultural diversity reveals the true intent of such attacks, which is to deprive the Syrian people of its knowledge, its identity and history. One week after the killing of Professor Khaled al-Assaad, the archaeologist who had looked after ...
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Director-General Irina Bokova condemns the destruction of the Mar Elian monastery in Syria

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:00
The Director-General of UNESCO strongly condemns the destruction of the Mar Elian monastery located in the Syrian town of al-Qaryatayn. The monastery is a major pilgrimage site for Syria's Christian community, with yearly festivities in honor of Saint Elian drawing thousands of visitors. "The intentional targeting and systematic destruction of the cultural heritage of Syria is reaching unprecedented levels”, said the Director-General. "The destruction of the Mar Elian ...
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Director-General Irina Bokova deplores the loss of two leading scholars of Syrian antiquity

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:00
The Syrian cultural heritage community suffered two immense blows within one week with the murder of archaeologist Khaled Assad in Palmyra and the killing of the Assistant Director of laboratories at the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums Qasem Abdullah Yehiya. "I am both saddened and outraged to learn of the brutal murder of Khaled Asaad, who oversaw antiquities at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Palmyra,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said today. "In no ...
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Hawaiian, Oceanic and Global Cultural Astronomy: Tangible and Intangible Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 08:00
Conference organized as a 2015 International Year of Light event. Cultural astronomy is concerned with beliefs and practices related to the sky, including the ways in which cultures conceive of and apply notions of light. Participants consider the ways that indigenous viewpoints impact relevant scholarship.
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Building capacity in the Galapagos Islands to strengthen fisheries compliance

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:00
World Heritage marine sites are only as effective as their compliance programs, and marine protected areas around the world struggle to combat illegal fishing. With limited resources available for surveillance and compliance, it is vital to have good systems in place to identify hotspots and track violations. In the four Marine World Heritage sites that make up Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape—Ecuador's Galapagos National Park, Columbia's Malpelo Fauna and Flora, Costa ...
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World Heritage Volunteers 2015 Action Camps welcome the International Youth Day on 12 August

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 08:00
On the occasion of International Youth Day, over ten Action Camps will be carried on in the framework of the World Heritage Volunteers 2015 campaign. Most of these Action Camps are  led youth from all around the world. This year, the theme of International Youth Day is Youth Civic Engagement. World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) campaign for 2015 seeks to mobilize and involve young people and youth organizations in the process of World Heritage preservation and promotion. The Action Camps ...
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Astronomical Heritage: Progressing the UNESCO–IAU Initiative

UNESCO World Heritage Centre Events - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 08:00
Focus Meeting of the 29th IAU General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union. Since 2008 the International Astronomical Union has worked with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to implement its Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative. Through deliverables such as the ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on the Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy (2010) and thePortal to the Heritage of Astronomy (2012), it has been influential in developing broad criteria for assessing the heritage ...
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Job Vacancy: Deputy Director, World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP Shanghai)

UNESCO World Heritage Centre News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:00
Job Vacancy: Deputy Director of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Center The World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Center (WHITRAP Shanghai) announces the vacancy of the position of Deputy Director, from 1 August to 31 October 2015. The WHITRAP is a non-profit organization specialized in the area of heritage ...
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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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