Regional Workshop "World Heritage Nominations: application of the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value’’

 The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage continued its efforts towards supporting the nomination and preservation of Natural Heritage sites in the Arab world by organizing a regional workshop "World Heritage Nominations: application of the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value’’  with the participation of more than 20 experts from several Arab countries. The Workshop co-organized with IUCN is part of the Tabe’a Regional Programme and supported by UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris.  

At the beginning of the workshop, participants were introduced to the programmes and activates of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage and its strategy towards the conservation and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in the region.

A discussion then followed on the main elements of what consists of “outstanding universal value" and its principles, as this represents an important factor in the World Heritage Convention. The participants observed how identifying the outstanding universal value of a site is a key factor in the nomination process for any proposed nomination file.

Several case studies of successful nomination files were highlighted in the workshop including the upstream process of the nomination of al ahwar southern Iraq.

 The workshop concluded by a visit to the world heritage site of ‘’Pearling Route- Muharraq’’ to explore the natural components of the site and its outstanding universal values. 

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