In focus Archive - 2014

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Management Plan of the World Heritage site of Stari Ras and Sopoćani

The aim of the capacity-building workshop in Novi Pazar, Serbia, is to define the roadmap and guidelines for the finalization of the management plan and the establishment of tightest relations among all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure synergy of all partners and, thus, guarantee an adequate implementation of the Management Plan. The establishment of a broad and inclusive participatory approach is a key priority for the definition of a shared and high-quality planning document, as well as for its future implementation.

Water in the Sava River Basin – H2Ooooh! Competition for secondary school students

The competition is addressed to school students from the ages of 4 to 8 and their teachers. Children are invited to draw a storyboard. Through their stories, kids should provide a creative contribution to raising awareness on the sustainable use of water and the importance of the development and the protection of the Sava River Basin. The competition is open to secondary schools from  the 4 countries of the Sava River Basin: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Deadline for submission of story boards is 24 April 2014.

UNESCO supports recovery of the Archives of Bosnia and Herzegovina

As an immediate response to the damages caused to these archives by a fire set on 7 February 2014, UNESCO launched an expert mission in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This heritage is part of our collective knowledge and memory, which is important not just for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but equally important for the history of South Eastern European countries and Europe, and that is why UNESCO will spare no effort to ensure its safeguard.

Sustainable Integrated Management of River Corridors in South East Europe

The SEE River project has entered the second half of its lifespan and its activities so far very intense and complex proved to be very successful. Most of the planned tasks were carried out in the Drava river pilot areas and the 5 SEE pilot rivers - Soča, Bodrog, Neretva, Prut, and Vjosa. Guided by the goals and targeted end results on individual pilot areas and rivers, processes were launched with stakeholders based on desktop analyses and field work by project experts and therefore gained very valuable feedback for the next steps.

Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through ERANET joint activities and beyond

The ERANETMED inter-institutional and stakeholder workshop will be held in Athens, Greece, on 27 and 28 February 2014.Over 30 institutions participating in the event - including universities, research centres, associations and other governmental institutions from the European Union (EU) and Mediterranean countries - will discuss themes and actions to be addressed by the ERANETMED first joint call for proposals and orient its scope in relation to the main societal challenges in the region.

UNESCO and the European Union: working together to revitalize Novo Brdo Castle

On 29 January 2014, UNESCO and the European Union launched the implementation phase of the project entitled “Revitalization of Novobërdë/Novo Brdo fortress” that aims at revitalizing the Novo Brdo Castle through conservation and restoration efforts and, managing and valorizing the municipality’s cultural heritage asset through socio-economic development initiatives. The project in cooperation with UNMIK and relevant authorities, has been developed in line with, and as part of, the European Union umbrella mission “Balanced Regional Development”.

User Validation Workshop on Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation for the Shkodër area

Announced IncREO workshop on 25 February in Tirana, Albania.  Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation has been devised in support of emergency response management and risk-preparedness. It aims to provide actors responsible for disaster management, risk prevention, civil protection and also spatial planning with Earth Observation (EO)-based solutions, to contribute to an improved preparedness and mitigation planning for areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters.

Towards the designation of Lake Shkodra/Skadar as Transboundary Biosphere Reserve

The specific goal of the project is to implement the entire nomination process of Lake Skadar as UNESCO's  Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (TBR) under the established procedure. The project intends to assess the potentials and possibility in terms of plans and legal frame through participatory approach mainly by conducting interviews with relevant stakeholders on both sides of the border (Albania, Montenegro).

Holocaust education and intercultural understanding in South-East Europe

Four meetings on this subject already took place in Belgrade (June 2012), Sarajevo (December 2012), Skopje (April 2013) and Auschwitz-Birkenau (July 2013), under the auspices of UNESCO, within the framework of the global initiative “Culture: a Bridge to Development” and the Intersectoral Platform for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence. The fifth meeting of the international steering group is organized to continue discussions on the renovation of the Pavilion nr. 17 in the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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