03.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO Amman hosts second training for Jordanian site managers on the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention

On 3-5 December 2013, the UNESCO Amman office hosted its second and follow-up training for 35 Jordanian site managers on the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Training was held over 3 days at the Department of Antiquities and the Umm el Jimal archaeological site in the Mafraq Governorate.

The overall aim of the training was the identification of threats at heritage sites focusing on boundaries and buffer zones and developing a management framework to address the mitigation of these threats and within the context of addressing these issues for the preparation of nomination dossiers for world heritage listing. Presentations focused on: establishing the management context of heritage sites; identifying management threats for natural world heritage sites; understanding the impact of threats on outstanding universal value: the case study of the Qusair Amra world heritage site; and world heritage criteria and concepts of integrity and authenticity for cultural sites.

Training involved a field assessment at the Umm el Jimal archaeological site where participants were provided with an overview and context of the site, and encouraged to undertake their own threat assessment in groups. A presentation was made by each group on the final day of training with discussions following.

Follow-up training activity will focus on site managers moving to the next stage in building mitigation measures to counter and manage threats within the management framework for the site.

The training was held in coordination with the Department of Antiquities, with funding support from the World Monuments Fund and IUCN. Workshop trainers were: Dr Sami El-Masri, Dr Gaetano Palumbo and Dr. Angela Atzori.

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