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Announcement: 2021 Training Course on Impact Assessments for World Heritage


Due to the COVID-19, it is decided that the 2020 Training on Impact Assessments for World Heritage will be postponed to 19-25 October 2021. Thanks to the support from Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan and Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan. The venue is still Fukuoka and Munakata region in Japan. During the time, we still accept applications. The deadline will last to 15 July 2021. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thanks for your understanding.

19 – 25 October 2021

Fukuoka and Munakata region, Japan

Application deadline: 15 July 2021

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)
ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan

In recent years, it has been noted that increasing numbers of World Heritage properties are facing pressure from various forms of large-scale development and other significant changes that affect Outstanding Universal Value. The World Heritage Committee has seen the impacts of these factors in considerable numbers of State of Conservation Reports and have been requesting impact assessments to inform decision making for many years. As part of their complementary mandates to build capacities of State Parties to the World Heritage Convention, WHITRAP Shanghai together with ICCROM, has organized training courses on Heritage Impact Assessment since 2012.

The 2021 Training Course on Impact Assessments for World Heritage will introduce the updated Guidance on Impact Assessment for World Heritage, which has been prepared by the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention, ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN, in partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Therefore, the course will explore how Impact Assessment can be applied to both natural and cultural World Heritage. With the support of the Government of Japan, practical experience will be gained and lessons will be shared during the field assessment of the World Heritage Site of Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region.

  • To equip the participants with current knowledge and skills of using Impact Assessment as a tool for informing decision-making regarding various factors affecting heritage in general, and World Heritage sites in particular;
  • To provide participants with knowledge on management and monitoring requirements, and reporting mechanisms for World Heritage properties;
  • To enable participants to understand the benefits of linking nature and culture and the role of Impact Assessments in heritage management planning;
  • To promote the exchange of experiences and information in heritage management and conservation among practitioners.


The training is designed for a maximum of 20 participants. Priority is given to:

  • Mid-career heritage professionals/ decision makers interested in engaging in Impact Assessments practice at cultural or natural heritage sites;
  • Officials whose State Party has been requested to conduct an Impact Assessment by the World Heritage Committee.

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A certificate of attendance given by the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme and WHITRAP will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.

Course Fee: 950 USD

The cost of stay in Japan and travel from your country of residence to Japan and return will be the responsibility of the participants. WHITRAP will offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates from the State Parties in the Asia-Pacific Region.

  • Application form
  • A 500 word summary of potential development/ tourism/ infrastructure/ other changes that in your view could threaten the values/ OUV of a heritage place that you work at.

Alternatively, a 500-word report on the expectation and benefits of participating in the training.

Please send all application documents with the subject of “2021 IAWH application” by email. All correspondence concerning the above course should be addressed in English to:

Contact: Ms. Hong LI
World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre
3rd Floor Wen Yuan Building, 1239 Siping Rd., Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, P.R.China.
Tel: +86 21 65987687 ext. 8010;

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