04.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

South-East Europe celebrates 40 years of the World Heritage Convention in Kotor

© UNESCO - Brochure : Celebrating 40 years of World Heritage 1972-2012

The UNESCO Venice Office, in close cooperation with the national authorities of Montenegro (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, National Commission of Montenegro for UNESCO) and with the support of the Veneto Region, is organizing on 7 and 8 June in Kotor, Montenegro, a regional meeting of experts, local stakeholders and site managers for the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Placed under the theme of “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities”, this celebration will offer an opportunity to reinforce joint efforts towards the development of effective policies and practices for the better management of cultural and natural heritage and all UNESCO designated sites, with a special focus on participatory approaches and community engagement.

This meeting will therefore serve to share experiences, good practices and planned activities concerning the management of World Heritage and other UNESCO designated sites (MAB Biosphere Reserves) in South-East Europe, with a strong focus on the role of communities in the identification, management and conservation of such sites, and come as a useful complementary event to the regional workshop organized by UNESCO for site managers in Sibiu, Romania, from 14 to 20 May 2012, in the framework of the preparation of the Second Cycle of Periodic reporting for Europe and North America.

The first session will allow experts from each invited country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey) to present and discuss, in a comparative way, meaningful cases of heritage management and community engagement in selected UNESCO designated sites. It will serve to discuss, in particular, issues pertaining to management plans; community involvement and participation at all levels; preservation of local knowledge; enhancement of local social and economic development; reconciliation of conflicting community interests; good governance mechanisms; management of tourism pressures; and, education on cultural heritage and sustainable development.

The second session will be structured as a professional capacity-building workshop, focusing on two different topics: Integrated heritage management processes; Community involvement and heritage development. It will be chaired and animated by Katri Lisitzin, Architect and international consultant, with interventions by experts from the NGO Expeditio (Montenegro) and the International Research Centre on the Economics of Culture and World Heritage Studies (UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Turin, Italy).

The meeting is taking place in the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor, Montenegro, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. Montenegro has another site inscribed on the World Heritage list: “Durmitor National Park” (1980).

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