Online Course:Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context

Daily sessions from 9 am-12 pm CET
Organizers: ICCROM, IUCN, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
World Heritage properties continue to face pressure from various forms of development – including commercial and residential projects, energy projects, transport infrastructure and tourism development – and other significant changes that can affect their Outstanding Universal Value. State of Conservation Reports often bring these issues to the attention of the World Heritage Committee, which has long requested impact assessments to inform better decision-making for the future of World Heritage. To respond to these Committee requests and comply with the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, States Parties, local authorities and World Heritage management teams have increasingly sought guidance and support to build capacities on impact assessment.
The online course on Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context will take place from 13 to 15 March 2023 from 09.00 am to 12.00 pm Central European Time. It will introduce participants to the methodology outlined in the updated Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context (July 2022), which was prepared by the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention – ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN – in partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The course will explore how impact assessment and multidisciplinary cooperation can be useful in identifying solutions for both protecting World Heritage sites and supporting high-quality, appropriate development. 
· Introduce participants to the updated methodology of the new Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context;
· Equip participants with current knowledge of and skills to use impact assessments to inform decision-making regarding various factors affecting heritage in general and World Heritage properties in particular;
· Provide participants with knowledge on management and monitoring requirements and reporting mechanisms for World Heritage properties;
· Effectively communicate the benefits of linking nature and culture and the role of impact assessments in heritage management planning; 
· Promote the exchange of experiences and information in heritage management and conservation among practitioners.
About World Heritage Leadership 
The World Heritage Leadership programme is delivered by IUCN and ICCROM in collaboration with ICOMOS and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It is funded by the generous support of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, with contributions from the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and other partners. It is a capacity-building programme focused on promoting links between people-nature-culture in the management of heritage places and securing heritage a more dynamic role in wider sustainable development.