Heritage Imapct Assessments
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Date: October 15–24, 2012


Venue: Lijiang (World Heritage Site), P.R. China


Application Deadline Extension to: June 15, 2012



• World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)

• International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)



In recent years the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has examined a considerable number of State of Conservation Reports related to threats from various types of large-scale development activities to the World Heritage properties. These activities include infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to the land use some of which are insensitive or inappropriate. The Committee has also examined threats from excessive or inappropriate tourism. Many of these activities have had the potential to impact adversely on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) including integrity and authenticity of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. In order to evaluate satisfactorily the potential impacts, the World Heritage Committee has suggested the State Parties concerned to conduct Heritage Impact Assessments. Impact assessment has been a tool used in evaluating impacts by other sectors widely and the time has come to adapt it to suit heritage sector. Meeting the demand of the Committee in particular and more generally considering the growing need for the professionals in the Heritage sector to equip with knowledge and skills on Heritage Impact Assessments, WHITRAP together with ICCROM propose to organize a training workshop in China.



• To provide participants with the knowledge on management requirements for World Heritage Sites

• To discuss reporting and monitoring requirements including State of Conservation reports and their implications to State Parties.

• To provide the current knowledge and skills of using impact assessment as a tool for evaluating impacts from various factors affecting heritage in general and world heritage sites in particular.

• To provide understanding of the knowledge (such as the legal frameworks) to initiate/improve heritage impact assessments in respective countries of the participants.

• To promote the exchange of experiences and information among participants and the institurions.



The course is an intensive programme that combines both theory and practice through lectures, case studies, and practical exercises. High-level interaction of participants is encouraged during the course, where participants are expected to play an active role.



The international course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants from the Asia-Pacific region. Priority is given to :

• Professionals/ decision makers directly involved in planning and management of World Heritage sites in their respective countries having to face challenges of large scale development projects or tourism.

• Professionals/ decision makers from State Parties that have been requested to carry out impact assessments by the World Heritage Committee (in this case, candidates from State Parties outside the Asia- Pacific region will be considered).

Participants should be proficient in English including reading, writing, making presentations, and joining in discussions.



A certificate of attendance given by both the WHITRAP and ICCROM will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.


Course Fee : 1200 US $.



Candidates are encouraged to seek financial support from all possible sources such as governmental institutions, employers, and other funding agencies. WHITRAP Shanghai is only able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who can’t secure funding.



Please fill the Application Form and send it together with the following materials by email or mail to the contact address below:

• A full professional curriculum vitae;

• A 500 – 750 word report which include the descriptions of the property and an indication of potential development/tourism/infrastructure activities that in your view could threaten the values/OUV of the site. Alternatively, you can present a 500-750 word report on your experience of conducting/participating in an impact assessment study.

 • A Recommendation letter.



Email is encouraged. All correspondence concerning the above course should be addressed in English to:

Unit Director: Ms. YU Liqing

Contact: Ms. LI Hong

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre

3rd Floor Wen Yuan Building, 1239 Siping Rd., Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, P.R. China

Tel: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8010; Fax: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8004;

Email: whitrap.training@gmail.com;

Website: www.whitr-ap.org

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