Monday, October 10, 2016

Engaging communities in conservation and heritage management

Galicica park
A Regional Course is taking place in the Lake Ohrid region between 4 and 13 October 2016. This Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches aims at providing heritage practitioners with the necessary tools to engaging communities in the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

The course is organized in the framework of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.

At Ministry of Culture
The two first days it was the Albania’s Ministry of Culture who welcomed 20 participants from seven southeast Europe countries who are meeting for the first time to discuss how communities are contributing to heritage – and how they can benefit from it. This marked the opening session of the second People-Centred Approaches course organized by ICCROM. This short course is primarily aimed at heritage practitioners, providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to work more effectively with stakeholder communities.
Engaging communities in conservation and management processes is intended to strengthen their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of making decisions for themselves and their heritage.
Museum of Struga
The third day participants of this course moved to the Museum of Struga, where they explored the community engagement and the links of nature and culture. The museum offers a snapshot in time of the unique flora and fauna in and around the Lake Ohrid in an authentic setting from 1928.

The fourth day the participants continues their course in Ohrid City, which was the location to discover and discuss the benefits and limits of traditional knowledge systems for heritage management. Young masters of century-old crafts such as filigree and pearl making showed their passion in guarding – and sharing – their heritage.


The mixed natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid Region is particularly appropriate for advancing people-centred approaches. Issues regarding the conservation and management of both the cultural and natural aspects of the area demonstrate a paradigm shift towards a more holistic approach which emphasizes the wellbeing of a place and its people. For this reason, PCA participants have been selected from both the natural and cultural heritage sectors.

They will be working together for ten days, delivering results of their work in a public presentation on 12 October 1016.
Partners in the implementation of this course are: ICCROM, IUCN, ICOMOS, UNESCO World Heritage Centre





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