Program 2013

The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage and its partners have developed a series of activities involving the implementation of projects, participatory workshops, seminars and training courses. Such activities are designed to preserve and conserve Arab world heritage.
 
1) WORKSHOP ON THE CITY OF MUHARRAQ APPLICATION OF THE RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING THE HISTORIC URBAN LANDSCAPE IN THE ARAB REGION
DATE & VENUE: April 22-25, 2013, Muharraq, Bahrain
 
A workshop on the application of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, organized by the World Heritage Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Bahrain and funded by the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), will bring together the stakeholders involved in the development of the city of Muharraq and a group of international experts on the themes which the Recommendation dealt with, notably the issue of urban heritage conservation.
 
As part of its response to the issue of exponential growth of cities in the world, UNESCO encourages the use of tools such as the World Heritage Cities Programme and the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape for the preservation of urban Heritage.
The World Heritage Centre has launched a series of activities since the adoption of the Recommendation in 2011, in order to promote the latter and to demonstrate its potential towards setting urban development policies at the territory level.
 
Thanks to the financial support of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), the application of the Recommendation will be tested for the first time in the Arab region in the city of Muharraq, in Bahrain, which will host a workshop with representatives of stakeholders involved in the development of the city (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Municipalities Affairs, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Housing, local authorities, associations, etc.) from 22 to 25 April 2013. This workshop will be led by a group of experts whose task will be to guide the discussions based on the information they will receive from the different stakeholders. Almost half of the workshop will consist of technical visits to the city (road network, old districts, residential and economic activity areas, areas inscribed on the World Heritage List, etc.).
 
This workshop comes at a moment of reflection, in Bahrain, on the future development of the city which faces many challenges. The workshop therefore aims at identifying the responses which can be brought using the Recommendation, particularly in relation to the protection of urban heritage and of the World Heritage site " Pearling,  Testimony of an Island Economy" part of which is located in the city of Muharraq.
 
The results of this workshop could provide a framework allowing the definition of an urban policy throughout the territory of the city of Muharraq and beyond. These results will be presented at a regional meeting of the Arab countries as an example of a possible application of the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.
 
 
2) SEMINAR ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND HERITAGE 
DATE & VENUE: May 22- 23, 2013, ARC-WH offices, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
ARC-WH organized a seminar conducted by sociologist Taher Labib on "the relation between local communities and heritage", and how to shape a comprehensive plan to carry out a field study on this topic at the Arab level.
The workshop stresses the merits of understanding and improving the relationship between heritage and communities, of the active involvement of local communities in protecting it and preserving, and deals with how to raise awareness of the need to preserve such heritage.
It discusses the imagery relating to heritage of communities residing in its immediate vicinity; the amount of familiarity with scientific knowledge that communities have on heritage sites. It takes a look at the heritage place in the general culture and its role in shaping individual and community identities.
It also deals with the problematics and the forms of such relation whether they are utilitarian or identitarian or other, and how they are influenced by economic, social and behavioral factors. It looks as well at the impact of heritage sites on the life style of local communities, as well as the role of tourism in shaping the relationship between them.
 
 
3) WORKSHOP ON IRAQ'S NATURAL HERITAGE 
DATE & VENUE: June 2-6, 2013, ARC-WH, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
 
The workshop addresses the wildlife in Iraq and the most important the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Categories and Criteria concerning Threatened Species. The working group comprises Iraqi academics and representatives of relevant ministries, in addition to a representative of IUCN.
 
The workshop is held within the framework of the joint program between ARC-WH and IUCN, and for preparing the nomination of “Al-Ahwar” (Marshlands) property to the World Heritage List. During the next workshop, to be held the following week, the group will prepare the nomination file.
 
 
4) WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY IUCN ON THE PREPARATION OF NOMINATION FILE FOR NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTIES
DATE AND VENUE: September 1-5, 2013, ARC-WH Office, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. 
 
Workshop on how preparing nomination file for Natural World Heritage properties. 
The workshop was prepared by two experts in natural heritage, Haifa Abdulhalim and Tarik Abdul-hawa, The workshop was attended by specialists and several Arab States* reps. 
The meeting objective is to ensure that all participants learn from concrete examples the procedures of successful sustainable management and conservation of the property.
*Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.
 
 
5) WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY IUCN ON THE MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTIES.
DATE AND VENUE: September 7-11, 2013, ARC-WH Office, Manama, Bahrain. 
 
Organized by ARC-WH,
Relators: two experts in natural heritage, Haifa Abdulhalim and Tarik Abdulhawa. 
Attendees: specialists and representatives of several Arab States*.
Objective: reviewing collectively the guidelines on the inscription of natural properties on the World Heritage List, identifying common themes, proposing new nominations and setting out arrangements for cooperation amongst groups of States Parties for the preparation of nominations.
*Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.
 
 
6) MISSION TO THE HISTORIC CITY OF ZABID in Yemen
DATE & VENUE:  September 29-October 05, 2013, Zabid, Yemen
 
Following The MoU between the States of Bahrain and Yemen, the ARC-WH sent the Cultural Heritage specialist Kamal Bitar to Zabid to overview the state of conservation of the property, determine the priorities in order to develop a project plan to launch preliminary restoration and conservation of Zabid.
 
7) INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION 
DATE & LOCATION: October 13, 2013 ARC-WH offices, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
 
Relator: Zaki Aslan ICCROM ATAHR Sharjah INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION OCTOBER
 
 
8) REGIONAL MEETING ON THE APPLICATION OF UNESCO’S RECOMMENDATION ON HISTORIC URBAN LANDSCAPE (HUL) IN THE ARAB STATES 
DATE AND LOCATION: December 8-12, 2013, Rabat, Morocco
 
Following a proposal from UNESCO to provide technical assistance to Arab state, the ARC-WH has organized and funded a three day regional meeting on Historic Urban Landscapes, 
HUL experts, World Heritage Centre, Advisory bodies, Arab States and ARC-WH reps will be gathering to assess the implementation of UNESCO’s HUL Recommendation in the Arab States.  
Such recommendation acts as a tool for sustainable preservation of cities’ heritage, by integrating urban renewal and modernization to spatial planning based on cultural assets and socio-economic values within a heritage focused approach.
The meeting may result in pilot projects in one of the Region's cities (WH Site or a site on the Tentative List). One or two cities could then volunteer to be pilot projects in 2014.
 
 
9) WORKSHOP ON SOUTHERN IRAQ MARSHLANDS NOMINATION FILE 
DATE & VENUE: December 10-17, 2013, ARC-WH offices, Manama, Bahrain
 
Bringing together 15 members of natural and cultural drafting teams, 6 international experts UNESCO, UNEP and IUCN reps in order to draft Marshlands Nomination File.

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