Mechanisms and Concepts of the World Heritage Convention and Risks Management

The Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH), in cooperation with ICCROM – Athar in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, organised a workshop on the Mechanisms and Concepts of the World Heritage Convention and Risks Management at its premises in Manama, Bahrain to train a team of 12 heritage professionals and site managers from Yemen. The training was conducted by a group of experts in the fields of World Heritage, risk prevention and conservation of cultural heritage in the event of disasters and conflict.

The workshop was held from 23 to 27 February 2020 and aimed at enhancing the capacities of Yemeni heritage professionals in relation to the basic concepts and principles of the World Heritage Convention, and to improve the protection and management of World Heritage sites. The workshop also addressed issues related to the management and preservation of World Heritage sites and shed light on important topics related to heritage conservation including Natural Heritage, the World Heritage List in Danger and mechanisms for monitoring and preserving World Heritage Sites through the preparation of reports on the state of conservation and other monitoring mechanisms.

A field visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of ‘Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun’ was held to provide the participants with first-hand knowledge of the state of conservation, as well as administrative measures undertaken by the Bahraini authorities towards the protection and conservation of the site. The workshop also included training on the revision of the Tentative List and the Retrospective Inventory to document World Heritage sites in Yemen according to the Operational Guidelines.