TABE’A II Report. Enhancing Regional Capacities for World Heritage

The Arab States Region continues to face tremendous challenges in regard to achieving anticipated goals for the conservation of their natural and cultural heritage. Political instabilities, socio-economic transformations and global changes are exerting tremendous pressure on the region’s ability to invest the needed resources to safeguard the World Heritage sites within the region, and contribute effectively to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Despite these constraints, the IUCN World Heritage Programme, in partnership with the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), continues to provide support and advice to the countries of the region and has been able to make commendable progress on accomplishing the objectives of the regional strategy for World Heritage.

Since the TABE’A I report in 2011, the programme partners were able to achieve on-the-ground results under several thematic areas of work, including building regional capacities for the implementation of the various components of the World Heritage Convention.

This includes the organization and undertaking of a large number of regional training activities which were based on needs identified by the beneficiary parties, in addition to numerous bilateral efforts, events and initiatives taken with individual States Parties and partner organizations.

Further, the programme witnessed the inclusion of a large number of new potential sites on the national tentative lists with one successful addition to the World Heritage List, represented by Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan, and several others which are currently being discussed and evaluated.

Furthermore, the programme was able to build the nucleus for an Arabic-speaking regional network of experts and practitioners in the field of World Heritage, which will lead the future development of the programme.

This TABE’A II report documents the progress made on the above programme, and adopts a set of recommendations to further enhance its effectiveness and better promote the conservation of the region’s heritage while maintaining good hope for the region’s stability in the near future, thus allowing for more progress towards the long-term sustainability of the area and its people and future generations.


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