The most recent development in capacity building within the World Heritage framework is the creation of the World Heritage Leadership Programme. The Program is a partnership between ICCROM, IUCN, and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment, in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS. It aims to improve conservation and management practices for culture and nature through the work of the World Heritage Convention, as an integral component of the contribution of World Heritage Sites to sustainable development.
Taking a new and transformative approach, the programme will not focus exclusively on work within the World Heritage Convention, but rather will take a wider view of the totality of conservation practice. It will consider how working through World Heritage sites and the communities and specialists that support them, World Heritage can provide new and better leadership to achieve and inspire innovation, performance and excellence in practice.
The programme will take a fully integrated approach to nature and culture from the outset, focusing on:
The programme is composed of five modules:
The first activity carried out under the programme was a course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management, which took place from 6 – 16 June 2017 at the Røros Mining Town and the Circumference in Norway. The next activity will be a course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture in October.