20.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

World Heritage in Jordan: Training for site managers

©UNESCO AMMANParticipants at the training for world heritage site managers.

A two-day training for Jordanian heritage site managers on the obligations to the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was held from 19 to 20 September 2012 in Amman, at the Department of Antiquities. The training activity was organized in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, in cooperation with World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Regional Office for West Asia.

The 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was ratified by Jordan in 1975, is a legal instrument which defines the kind of natural or cultural sites which can be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List and sets out the duties of States Parties in identifying potential sites and their role in protecting and preserving them.

Jordan has a rich cultural and natural heritage that needs to be protected and preserved. There are four sites in Jordan inscribed in the World Heritage List (Petra, Quseir Amra, Um er-Rasas, Wadi Rum Protected Area) and 15 properties which have been identified as potential candidates for inscription on the World Heritage List and are currently on the so called Tentative List.

The training provided about 20 site managers of Jordanian cultural and natural World Heritage sites with an overview on the specifications and requirements of the 1972 Convention and aimed at enhancing the management of World Heritage sites in Jordan. The lectures covered all aspects of the World Heritage Convention, including practical exercises and discussions and were well received by the participants.

The training activity involved national and international experts in the field of cultural and natural heritage. The main trainer came from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris while some sessions were chaired by experts from the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Regional Office for West Asia.

UNESCO is working in close cooperation with the Department of Antiquities and local authorities to support the protection of Jordan’s sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, developing capacities to manage the sites and report to the World Heritage Committee on their state of conservation, as requested by the convention. Given the existing need for and success of the training, UNESCO plans to organize a number of follow up trainings.

For further information please contact Valentina Gamba, v.gamba@unesco.org 

 




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