World Heritage and Sustainable Development in Africa: Implementing the 2015 Policy

Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology, has launched a call for participants for a workshop on ‘World Heritage and Sustainable Development in Africa: Implementing the 2015 Policy’, a collaboration between the African World Heritage Fund, the University of Kent, the University of Cape Town and Robben Island World Heritage Site.

The workshop will take place at the Robben Island World Heritage Site, South Africa, 19 – 23 August 2019. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 April 2019.

The workshop aims to discuss ways to operationalise declarations and recommendations relating to the implementation of AU Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at and around World Heritage sites in Africa. The workshop also aims to find ways to implement the 2015 UNESCO Policy Document for the Integration of a Sustainable Development Perspective into the Processes of the World Heritage Convention. The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To discuss the best implementation practices and principles on World Heritage conservation and sustainable development in Africa (primarily through the 2015 Policy and AU Agenda 2063)
  • To identify successful ways in which integrated approaches between the pillars of sustainable development have been implemented at World Heritage sites in Africa
  • To identify best practices and challenges in using heritage protection and management to address different SDGs in Africa
  • To identify best practices in sustainable and adaptive reuses of heritage towards building modelling mechanisms on the implementation of the 2015 Policy
  • To discuss performance indicators, methods and means for monitoring the localisation of the SDGs in Africa
  • To encourage dialogue and strengthen inter-sectoral/interdisciplinary forum on balancing conservation and sustainable development at and around World Heritage sites in Africa.

For further information and queries please contact Pascall Taruvinga at pascallt@robbenisland.org.za (Robben Island Museum) or Albino Jopela at JopsJ@dbsa.org (African World Heritage Fund).

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