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ICOMOS Workshop and Conferences  “Coastal Communities, Heritage and Climate Change”

22.-28.08.2022 Estonia – Narva-Tallinn-Lahemaa-Saaremaa


Tallinn Conference „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“

Viinistu Conference “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions”

Photos of Tallinn conference and reception

Photos of Viinistu Conference and Mohni island picnic

ICOMOS Nordic-Baltic Network in cooperation with ICOMOS Rights-Based Approaches Working Group, International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage, Estonian Academy of Arts, Environmental Board of Estonia and other partners calls members of ICOMOS and heritage communities to take part in the ICOMOS workshop on coastal heritage, communities and climate in August in Estonia. The working language is English, translations can be provided in case of necessity. The event is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers

The workshop consists of open conferences, site visits and separate thematic closed workshops in Tallinn and Lahemaa NP. There are two site visits- to the War, and Iron Curtain landscapes up to Sillamäe and the Viking age and medieval coasts of Saaremaa island. The site visits are optional. The heritage workshop is preceded by special workshops on the threats to  Ukrainian heritage and future collaboration of Nordic-Baltic ICOMOS NC-s.

Within the workshops, there will be two open conferences for the general public – „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“ on 24.08 in Tallinn and “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions” on 26.08 in Viinistu. Registration for the conference participants in Tallinn and Viinistu is open here .

The third Nordic-Baltic workshop on community rights and heritage is dedicated to the interrelations between communities, heritage and climate change on the example of coastal communities. Themes – traditional communities, indigenous peoples, UNESCO sites, conflicting histories, climate resilience, coastal landscape changes and challenges, heritage impact assessments, heritage in conflicts. The workshop aims to contribute to the cooperation of regional experts in working with contemporary challenges of heritage protection – community inclusion and the implementation of sustainable development goals. The workshop targets expert and heritage community levels.

With the topic of coastal heritage and climate change, we hope to get a deeper understanding of the variety of issues heritage is tackling in the face of rapid climate change via very concrete coastal communities’ perspectives, knowledge, practices and livelihoods. This workshop concentrates on holistic approaches to coastal heritage – tangible and intangible, movable and immovable heritage, landscapes and spaces, land and water.  

Workshop schedule:

Monday, 22.08

9.00-19.00 Start at Kalev Spa. Pre-tour with bus led by Robert Treufeldt (ICOFORT). Tallinn – Sillamäe City – Narva castle (lunch at Rondeel) and Kreenholm (Jaanus Mikk) – Sinimäed (Ivika Maidre ja Igor Sedunov, coffee and pies) – Tallinn

Tuesday, 23.08

9.00-12.00 Start at Kalev Spa Pretour in Tallinn with public transport – Memorial of the Victims of Communism and Maarjamäe memorial, led by Robert Treufeldt, ICOFORT

12.30 -13.30 Lunch /Rottermann R14, lunch offer 7.50/5.00 eur/

14.00 Battery Sea Fortress, introduction by Artur Ümar, meeting at Chimney

15.00-17.00 Special hybrid workshops in Battery Sea Fortress and zoom, link

15.00-16.15 Special workshop on Threats to Ukrainian coastal heritage and communities

Keynote lecture: Mykola Haida. Landscapes of War.

Discussion with ICOMOS Ukraine on the situation in Ukraine. Moderated by Riin Alatalu. ICOMOS Ukraine participants – Olena Serdiuk, Serhii Kozak, Mykola Yakovyna, Mykola Hayda

16.15-17.15 Special workshop on Nordic-Baltic Cooperation “Heritage Dialogues“, Tallinn and web Moderated by Ave Paulus and Arnstein Brekke.

17.15 Evening tour in Battery Sea Fortress Prison Museum with Robert Treufeldt

18.00-19.30 Evening tour in Seaplane Harbour with Mihkel Karu, Teele Saar and Priit Lätti

Dinner /place to be specified/

24.08.2022. Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts

Open Conference „Coastal World Heritage and Heritage Communities“ Presentations and discussions on water heritage and communities – coastal histories, livelihoods and climate change.

10.00 Welcome Words. Mart Kalm, Rector of Estonian Academy of Arts

Ave Paulus, President of ICOMOS Estonia, moderator

10.10 Opening lecture. Riin Alatalu, Estonian Academy of Arts, ICOMOS International. State of Affairs: UNESCO 50 and Old Tallinn

10.40 Opening lecture. Stener Ekern, ICOMOS OCD-RBA, Oslo University. Human Rights, Cultural Rights, Heritage and Tradition

11.10  Rita Johansen, Vega World Heritage Foundation, Norway. Vega World Heritage – A small society with challenges and opportunities

11.40 Toomas Kokovkin, Hiiumaa. Locals in the UNESCO West Estonian Archipelago Biosphere Reserve

12.10-12.40 Bente Mathisen, ICOMOS Norway. Bryggen Bergen: Facing the Sea

12.40 – 13.10 Elena Perez-Alvaros, ICOMOS UK. The effects of climate change in identity: the transformation of lives through underwater cultural heritage.

13.10-14.10 Lunch break /nearest places are in Baltic Station Market/

14.10 – 14.40 Aivar Ruukel. UNESCO Heritage – Estonian Expanded Dugout Boat

14.40  – 15.10 Hanne Seljesaeter. Kystlaget Salta, Norway. Coastal Heritage Societies keeping UNESCO Nordic Klinker Boat tradition alive.

15.10 – 15.40 Helgi Sigurdsson. ICOMOS Iceland. Icelandic Antique Boat tradition 

15.40 – 16.10 Maili Roio. Historical Wrecks in Estonian waters

16.00 – 18.00 Tour in Tallinn Old Town and Maritime museum Fat Margaret, led by Henry Kuningas

18.00-19.00 Tour in Maritime museum “Fat Margaret” led by Maili Roio and

19.00 ICOMOS Estonia welcome reception in Maritime museum “Fat Margaret”

25.08. 9-19 Workshop and site visits on the North Coast of Estonia  – Lahemaa. Communities as part of coastal and water heritage management – practice and challenges. Bus from Kalev Spa 9.00

Jägala Linnamäe HEP case.

Hara harbour – Tarvi Velström (Hara), Artur Talvik (Juminda Peninsula Society, SAR)

Käsmu maritime museum and boat building – Aarne Vaik. Lunch and museum 25 eur person

Viinistu harbour – from Fish Factory to Art Haven. Arthur Manitski

Accommodation in Viinistu hotel

26.08. International Conference in Viinistu “Chapel”  “Facing the Sea – Connections of Heritage and Traditions” Presentations and discussions on water heritage and communities – coastal histories, livelihoods and climate change.

10.00 Welcome words. Leelo Kukk, Vice President of Environmental Board of Estonia

Riin Alatalu, Vice President of ICOMOS International, moderator

10.10 Opening lecture.  Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Committee on Water Heritage, ICOMOS Sweden.  “Water Heritage in Sweden – Great Importance and Major Problems”

10.40 Opening lecture. Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Estonia, Environmental Board of Estonia. The holistic concept of Coastal Heritage. Coastal Heritage of Estonia

11.10 Mykola Yakovyna, ICOMOS Ukraine. Ukraine Landscapes of Princely Halych

11.40 Tanja Røskar, Inger Nina Isaksen. Challenges in a changing climate for small heritage buildings on the water’s edge

12.10 Arnstein Brekke. ICOMOS Norway. Wisdom in Wood – Nordland coastal architecture

12.40 Hele Kiimann, Uppsala University, Maritime Museum. The Research and Popularisation of Maritime Cultural Heritage: Collaboration between Museums, School, Local Communities and Universities 

13.10-14.10 Buffet lunch

14.10-14.40 Elisabeth Shotton. ICOMOS Ireland. Harbourview: An Irish-Welsh networking initiative

14.40 – 15.10  Andris Sne. ICOMOS Latvia. Prehistoric and historic coastal heritage in Latvia: lost sites and living traditions

15.10 – 15.40 Aira Andriksone, ICOMOS Latvia. Heritage and its guardians at the North-West Coast of Latvia – preserving, adapting, developing

15.40-16.00 Jaan Vali, Estonian Lighthouse Society. Historical lighthouses and navigation aids of Lahemaa

16.00 – 21.00 Evening picnic in the Mohni island and lighthouse complex

27.08 7.30 Viinistu/9.00 Tallinn – 28.08.2022. 19.00 Tallinn. Post-tour to Muhumaa and Saaremaa: Anneli Randla, Kadri Tüür, Inga Raudvassar, Riin Alatalu and Tõnu Sepp

Muhu church and Koguva village community – Maasi Forthill, Valjala church, Kuressaare town (staying overnight), Salme Viking finds exhibition, Kudjape cemetery, Kaali, Pöide church

The transport partner of the event is GoBus. Special thanks.

The accommodation partner for the workshop is Kalev Spa in Tallinn and Viinistu Art Hotel

There is a special price for the accommodation of participants of the workshops,  code ICOMOS. For the presenters, two nights 23.08-25.08 in Tallinn and two nights 25.05-27.08 in Viinistu, are at the organiser’s expense. For additional nights, please, use promo code “ICOMOS” on the official home pages (or contact directly), not other booking sites.

We welcome you to Estonia!

With special thanks to the Nordic Council of Ministers and Environmental Board of Estonia

On behalf of the organisers and partners of the workshop,

Ave Paulus, 

President of ICOMOS Estonia, Environmental Board of Estonia


Partners of the Workshop, organising committee:

Ave Paulus ICOMOS Estonia, President, CCH, OCD-RBA, Water Heritage, Environmental Board of Estonia

Riin Alatalu ICOMOS Estonia, ICOMOS International Vice President, Estonian Academy of Arts

Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Sweden, Water and Heritage Vice President

Magnus Borgos ICOMOS Norway, President

Ulrika Mebus, ICOMOS Sweden, President

Kirsti Kovanen, ICOMOS Finland, President

Katrina Kukaine ICOMOS Latvia, President

Stsiapan Stureika, ICOMOS Belarus, President in exile

Mykola Haida, ICOMOS Ukraine, President

Laura Robinson, ICOMOS OCD-RBA Focal Point

Arnstein Brekke, ICOMOS Norway, OCD-RBA

Stener Ekern, ICOMOS OCD-RBA

Jana Jakobsone, ICOMOS Latvia

Käsmu lighthouse. Photo: Toomas Tuul
Tallinn. Toomas Tuul
Viinistu Art Haven and hotel. Toomas Tuul

ICOMOS Eesti annab oma panuse Ukraina pärandisektori toimimiseks

Seoses intensiivse sõjategevusega Ukrainas ning pärandobjektide sihiliku ründamisega on rünnaku alla sattunud ka Ukrainas elavad pärandispetsialistid.

Et nad saaksid jätkata oma tööd Ukrainas ja hoida ning kaitsta Ukraina kultuuripärandit, on hädavajalik tagada spetsialistide tööks ja eluks vajalikud vahendid. Nende tegevuste võimaldamiseks on Ukraina muuseumitöötajad loonud mittetulundusühingu HERI (Heritage Emergency Response Initiative), mille üheks eesmärgiks on pärandiga seotud töö jätkamine ka keerulises olukorras.

HERI tegevust ja selle kaudu Ukraina pärandi säilimist on võimalik toetada ICOMOS Eesti kaudu (teostame makseid kord nädalas) või otse.

Mittetulundusühing Eesti ICOMOS pangakonto on EE254204278618753001 (Coop pank), palun märkige seletusse kindlasti märksõna “Ukraina HERI”

On ka võimalus teha rahvusvaheline ülekanne otse Ukrainale, kes on ka meie maksete saaja (Tustan NGO). Võtke meiega ühendust! Aitame koos! Слава Україні!

Lisainfo ICOMOS Eesti liikmetelt:

Linda Lainvoo –, 56 652 865

Ave Paulus –, 5239404

A direct hit by a Russian missile destroyed the Hryhoriy Skovoroda National Museum in Kharkiv Region, 7.05.2022. Photo by Oleh Synehubov and the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv Oblast (Фото Олег Синєгубов та Головне управління ДСНС України у Харківській області).

Ukraina kaart Pirogivi muuseumist, foto Ave Paulus

Open Statement of Baltic, Belarus and Georgian ICOMOS National Committees to Board of ICOMOS International considering Ukraine

We fully support the Statement on Ukraine by ICOMOS on February 24. We continue to follow the ongoing invasion in Ukraine of Putin’s regime as well as arrests of peaceful protesters against the war in the Russian Federation and Belarus. We applaud actions already taken by governments, organizations and citizens in support of Ukraine, but more needs to be done.

It obliges us to request additional actions from ICOMOS:

1. to condemn the Russian Federation’s military invasion and war in Ukraine as crimes against humanity and war crimes
2. to condemn Putin`s regime violations against Human Rights in Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
3. to offer all help possible to Ukraine on behalf of ICOMOS International
4. to not to conduct or support any international events in the Russian Federation, to ask UNESCO not to have meetings in aggressors’ territory
5. to support any way possible the BlueShield International procedures regarding protected cultural properties in Ukraine
We pray for Ukraine and for all the lives of the soldiers and civilians involved in the war.


Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Estonia, President
Katrina Kukaine, ICOMOS Latvia, President
Dainius Elertas, ICOMOS Lithuania, President
Stsiapan Stureika, ICOMOS Belarus, President
Nato Tsintsabadze, ICOMOS Georgia, President


The request is open for additional support

Baltikumi, Valgevene ja Gruusia ICOMOS rahvuskomiteede ühisavaldus ICOMOS Internationali juhatusele Ukraina küsimuses

Toetame täielikult ICOMOS International 24. veebruari avaldust Ukraina teemal. Jälgime murega jätkuvat Putini režiimi sissetungi Ukrainasse ning rahumeelsete sõjavastaste meeleavaldajate arreteerimist Vene Föderatsioonis ja Valgevenes.

Kiidame valitsuste, organisatsioonide ja kodanike poolt Ukraina toetuseks juba ette võetud meetmeid, kuid teha tuleb rohkem.

Palume ICOMOS Rahvusvahelisel komiteel:

1. mõista hukka Vene Föderatsiooni sõjaline invasioon ja sõda Ukrainas kui inimsusevastased ja sõjakuriteod

2. mõista hukka Putini režiimi poolsed inimõiguste rikkumised Ukrainas ja Vene Föderatsioonis

3. pakkuda Ukrainale igakülgset toetust ICOMOSI poolt;

4. mitte korraldada ega toetada rahvusvahelisi üritusi Vene Föderatsioonis, paluda ka UNESCO-l mitte pidada kohtumisi agressorite territooriumil;

5. toetada igal võimalikul viisil BlueShield International-i tegevusi seoses Ukraina kultuuriväärtustega. 

Palvetame Ukraina ja kõigi sõjas osalevate sõdurite ja tsiviilisikute elude eest.


Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Eesti komitee president

Katrina Kukaine, ICOMOS Läti komitee president

Dainius Elertas, ICOMOS Leedu komitee president

Stsiapan Stureika, ICOMOS Valgevene komitee president

Nato Tsintsabadze, ICOMOS Gruusia komitee president


Avalik pöördumine on avatud ICOMOS teiste komiteede toetusele

Heritage Thursdays Webinar Series | Webinar 6: Coastal heritage, communities and climate

This Heritage Thursdays webinar organised by the ICOMOS Our Common Dignity Rights-Based Approaches Working Group is focusing on coastal heritage, communities and climate change. With this specific topic, we hope to get a deeper understanding of the variety of issues heritage is tackling in face of rapid climate change via very concrete coastal communities perspectives, their knowledge, practices and livelihoods. This webinar concentrates on holistic approaches to coastal heritage – tangible and intangible, movable and immovable heritage, landscapes and spaces, land and water. The webinar series has been dedicated to the ICOMOS Resolution on People-Centred Approaches to Heritage and this webinar resonates with the voices of heritage communities of European coasts.

Deirdre McDermott, Vice President, ICOMOS Advisory Committee, will discuss the “Living Heritage”  Symposium and a coastal village in Ireland. Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Board member, discusses the new ISC on Water and Heritage and water heritage as a vital concern for everyone. Bente Mathisen, ICOMOS OCD-RBA Focal point, has a story on Bryggen, a sinking harbour site. Dmitrii Harakka-Zaitsev, Chair of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric peoples concentrates on the preservation of the traditional environment in Finno-Ugric context. Ingrians and Votians: new historical stage. Arnstein Brekke, Board member of ICOMOS Norway, takes us north of the Arctic Circle and shows us climate resilience embedded in traditional coastal architecture and crafts. Nicole Franceschini (ICCROM ) and Francesco Marchese (UNESCO Site Office, consultant) showcase the opportunities of the Panorama platform and coastal heritage. Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Estonia president, chairs the event and tells a small story from her home shores at Finnish Gulf.


12:00 Ave Paulus, ICOMOS Estonia President. Chair and introduction. Coasts of the Baltic Sea

12:15 Deirdre McDermott, Vice President, ICOMOS Advisory Committee. Symposium “Living Heritage” and a coastal village in Ireland.

12:30 Nils Ahlberg, ICOMOS Sweden Board member. Water Heritage – a Vital Concern for Everyone. On the new ISC on Water and Heritage

12:45 Bente Mathisen, ICOMOS OCD-RBA Focal point. Bryggen, a sinking harbour site

13:00 Dmitrii Harakka-Zaitsev, Chair of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric peoples. Preservation of the traditional environment in Finno-Ugric context. Ingrians and Votians: new historical stage

13:15 Arnstein Brekke, Board member of ICOMOS Norway. North of the Arctic Circle – Climate resilience embedded in traditional coastal architecture and crafts.

13:30 Nicole Franceschini (ICCROM ) and Francesco Marchese (UNESCO Site Office, consultant) Panorama and coastal heritage. 

Please join us this Heritage Thursday:

25 November 2021

12:00-14:00 (CET)Register at :

Link to the recording

Speakers bios

ICOMOS Training Course “Heritage Communities and Human Rights”, 2.- 5.09.2020, Estonia

ICOMOS „Our Common Dignity“ Working Group is honored to invite heritage experts, community leaders, and graduate students from Europe and around the world to training course „Heritage Communities and Human Rights“ which will be held 2.-5.09.2020 in Estonia and internet.

The training course „Heritage Communities and Human Rights“ focuses on community-based heritage protection and the theory and application of human rights-based approaches in the heritage field. The course combines theoretical approaches with learning from practice involving field visits in Estonia as well as an exchange among participants. The course lecturers will provide an introduction to international human rights law that specifically relates to culture, heritage, and communities. In addition to providing basic knowledge about human rights and the UN, UNESCO and IUCN systems and practices, this course will discuss focus cases of heritage management and rights in protected heritage areas in different countries. 

The training course on rights-based approaches is led by Dr. Peter Bille Larsen, the University of Geneva, and Dr. Stener Ekern, Oslo University. Thematic modules will be introduced and moderated by Bente Mathisen, Riin Alatalu, and Ave Paulus (ICOMOS “Our Common Dignity” working group). ICCROM is represented by Rohit Jigyasu and Eugene Jo, IUCN by Tim Badman.

The global pandemic is forcing us to digitalize the course and we have to plan accordingly. For the sake of effective training, we will adjust format and agendas so that all events will be accessible regardless of the presence in Estonia and time zones of the participants. The course will be divided into 5-hour daily joint zoom sessions, starting at 12 noon Paris time. In addition, there will be individual homework in the form of case material, which we will share and read before and after sessions. The joint sessions will include lectures, individual or group presentations, and, most of all, group and plenary discussions. We expect you to participate actively, in-person in Estonia or with video and audio, so that we can benefit from our collective presence and creativity. Short morning fieldwork visits will be recorded in video and made available on the web during the sessions.

Training Course time frame: 2.09-5.09


NB!! Paris Time

9.00-12.00 fieldwork (video summary in the web)

12.00-14.00 Lectures, discussion

15.00-17/18.00 Case studies, discussion

Detailed Schedule of the Course:

Wednesday, 2.09 Human rights and heritage. Memory sites

Moderators of the day – Riin Alatalu, Stener Ekern

10-12 Welcome Brunch

12.00-14.00 Introductory Session

Estonian Academy of Arts A-301/ 

12-12.30 Welcome words by Bente Mathisen. Short introduction of the participants

12.30-14.00 Introductory Lecture. Human Rights, Culture and Community Formation, Heritage. An Introduction to Human Rights-based Thinking. – Stener Ekern (Norway)

15.00-18.00 Introduction and Case studies of ‘memory sites’ or ‘historical monuments’. Estonian Academy of Arts A-301/ 

15-16.30 Introductory Lecture. Human rights and heritage, lessons from rights-based approaches. Peter Bille Larsen.

16.30-16.45 Utøya, Norway. – Bente Mathiesen (Norway)

16.45-17.00 Te Pōrere, New Zealand. – Paulette Wallace (Germany).

17.00-18.00 Discussion moderated by Stener Ekern

Thursday, 3.09 Urban heritage and tourism. The balance between tourism expectations and community rights

Moderators of the day – Triin Talk, Riin Alatalu

10-12 Field visit – walk with community representatives in Tallinn Old Town. Start at Kalev Spa

12.00-14.00 Urban Heritage and Tourism 

12.00 Lecture by Rohit Jigyasu

12.30 Lecture by Claudio Milano

13.00 Case study: Overtourism in Tallinn Old Town. – Triin Talk (Estonia)

13.20 Case study: Social Interaction in Historic Quarter of Rashid. – Mohamed Amer (Egypt)

13.40 Case study: Mean(ing)s of heritage: processes of marginalization of urban zones and the aspects of (experimental) preservation. – Sanja Zadro (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

14.00 Break

15.00-18.00 Urban Heritage and Tourism 

Estonian Academy of Arts A-301/ 

15.00 Case study: Kuldiga Old Town in the primeval valley of the river Venta. – Jana Jakobsone (Latvia)

15.20 Case study: Pampulha-Belo Horizonte. – Laura Lage (Brazil)

15.40 Case study: Urban Conservation areas in Estonia. – Kaarel Truu (Estonia)

16.00 Discussion

Friday, 4.09 Cultural landscapes, protected areas and heritage community rights

Moderators of the day – Ave Paulus, Peter Larsen

10-12 Field visit – learning from the communities of Lahemaa National Park: traditional fishing, Hara Harbour

12-14 Heritage Communities Rights and Cultural Landscapes

Cat Arthur Cinema Hall, Tapurla village, Lahemaa NP 

12.00-12.20 Peter Larsen, Some further thoughts on RBA and customary rights in a protected area context 

12.20-13.00 Tim Badman (UK). IUCN evaluations of World Heritage nominations, community and rights issues: recent developments and lessons learned 

13.00-14.00 Ave Paulus, Artur Talvik and Peter Larsen. Traditional livelihoods, values, and connected rights: Lahemaa NP fisheries research and international perspective 

15-18 International case-studies on the challenges of heritage communities, customary rights, and traditional cultural practices. 

Cat Arthur Cinema Hall, Tapurla village, Lahemaa NP 

15.00-15.20 Claudia Uribe Chinen (Peru). Participatory approaches to archaeological heritage management in the Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System: Transformative processes or old conundrums in communities’ cultural heritage rights?

15.20 -15.40 Diana Cowie (Australia). An Initiative to Increase First Nations Cultural Heirtage in Statutory Heritage Listings.

15.40-16.00 Shubham Shrivastava (India).  Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR): Exploring the impact ofintroduction ofbuffer zone on existing relationship between the local community and DHR

16.00-16.20 Hala Asslan (Syria). Syrian War: Women Rights &Cultural heritage in rural landscape

Neel Kamal Chapagain (Nepal). World Heritage Nomination from Community Perspective: A Case of Lomanthang, Nepal

16.20-16.40 Saara Mildeberg (Estonia). Landscape-Base Approach to Rural Stakeholders based on the Case Study of Soomaa National Park

16.40-17.00 Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

17.00-18.00 Discussion moderated by Peter Larsen

Saturday, 5.09 Institutional Panel on Human Rights and Heritage Communities

Moderators of the day – Bente Mathisen, Peter Larsen, Stener Ekern

12-14 Rethinking rights issues in different heritage contexts – intangible aspects. Representatives of IUCN, ICCROM, ICOMOS

Estonian Academy of Arts A-301/ 

12.-12.40 Lecture on People-Centered Approaches for Heritage Conservation and Management: Challenges and Opportunities by Eugene Jo (ICCROM) 

12.40-14.00 Rethinking rights issues in different heritage contexts – intangible aspects. Representatives of IUCN, ICCROM, ICOMOS.

In the dialogue:, Tim Badman, Rohit Jigyasu, Bente Mathisen, Peter Bille Larsen, Stener Ekern, Riin Alatalu, Ave Paulus et al

15-17 Synthesis and Conclusions

Participant Panel on rights issues in heritage: regional issues – local solutions?

Estonian Academy of Arts A-301/ 

5 participants from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East (tbc)

Conclusions, ways forward and next steps: Bente Mathisen, ICOMOS Working Group

Information for those arriving in Estonia:

Travel rules in COVID time:

Kalev Spa Hotel, reserved from 2.-5.09

Estonian Academy of Arts

Lahemaa National Park   

Old Town of Tallinn 

Tallinn Airport

You are most welcome!

Ave Paulus, Riin Alatalu, Bente Mathisen

ICOMOS International Working Group “Our Common Dignity“

Additional information:

Supporters: Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Academy of Arts, National Heritage Board of Estonia, Juminda Peninsula Society, Lahemaa NP Cooperation Council12-14 Lecture on People Centered Approaches for Heritage Conservation and Management: Challenges and Opportunities by Eugene Jo (ICCROM)

Stener Ekern is a professor in anthropology at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. He has done fieldwork in Nicaragua (1984) and Guatemala (2000 and ongoing) with a thematic focus on indigenous peoples, human rights, and legal pluralism. Additionally, he has worked with human rights and world heritage and transitional justice. At the NCHR he is responsible for several master courses in human rights and has also elaborated a course in human rights and world heritage in cooperation with ICOMOS Norway. Before becoming a university researcher in 1997, he worked as a program officer in Norwegian development cooperation. 

Riin Alatalu is an associate professor of heritage conservation and restoration in Estonian Academy of Arts. She has a PhD in heritage conservation and restoration (“Heritage in Transitional Society from Nation’s Conscience in the Estonian SSR into the Harasser of the private Owner in the Republic of Estonia, 2012).  Alatalu has worked in National Heritage Board, Tallinn Culture and Heritage Department and Estonian Ministry of Culture on leading positions taking care of supervision and promotion of heritage and she has been in charge of important international programs. She is the member of the Board of ICOMOS International and president of ICOMOS Estonia, member of Rights-Based Approaches working group, CIVVIH and former vice-president of ICLAFI. She is the chairperson of Estonian Heritage Advisory Panel.

Ave Paulus has master’s degrees from the Estonian Academy of Arts (heritage conservation and restoration) and Tartu University (semiotics and theory of culture). Her doctoral thesis in Tartu University proposes a heritage protection model, based on heritage community values and rights, Tartu-Moscow Cultural Semiotics and Rights-Based Approaches. She is a member of the ICOMOS Estonia, ICOMOS International Scientific Committees on Cultural Landscapes and Legal and Administrative Issues, Rights-Based Approach and Climate Change working groups. She is a specialist for cultural heritage issues in the Environmental Board of Estonia, Council member of Virumaa Museums, spokesperson of the intangible heritage of the Folk Culture Centre, Board member of Lahemaa and Alutaguse National Park Cooperation Councils. She has coordinated cooperation between heritage communities, state and universities in several development projects concerning heritage management.

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, currently working at ICCROM as Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Rohit served as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where he was instrumental in developing and teaching International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He was the elected President of ICOMOS-India from 2014-2018 and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) from 2010-2019. Rohit has been the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS since 2011 and is currently serving as its Vice President for the period 2017-2020.  Before joining ICCROM, Rohit has been working with several national and international organizations such as UNESCO, UNISDR, Getty Conservation Institute and World Bank for consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.

Bente Mathisen is a Norwegian chartered architect MNAL who works as a cultural heritage manager and advisor at Statsbygg, Norway’s Public Construction Department, Culture and Ministry affairs. She has been director and deputy director for the Heritage Management Office of the World Heritage (WH) City of Bergen Norway, Director for the Management Office of Cidade Velha Republic of Cape Verde, and partner at the Architect group CUBUS, Bergen Norway. She is a board member of Foundation Bryggen, World Heritage site. She coordinated for 10 years the Eastern African City-to-City network between the WH cities of Bergen Lamu, Zanzibar and Ilha. She has been a Board member of ICOMOS Norway and is currently the focal point of the Our Common Dignity Initiative- Rights Based Approaches working group.

Tim Badman is the Director of IUCN’s newly established Nature-Culture Initiative, formerly Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. He has been senior IUCN spokesperson on World Heritage, chair of the IUCN World Heritage Panel and Head of IUCN’s delegation at World Heritage Committee meetings since 2007. As of April 2019, Tim leads IUCN’s work in developing closer links between the Nature and Culture sectors, including through the World Heritage Leadership Programme jointly run by ICCROM and IUCN with support from Norway. Tim joined IUCN having worked as team leader of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, UK. This role culminated in inscription of the site on the World Heritage List in 2001, and the subsequent development of the World Heritage programme on-site. He has been involved in many World Heritage site evaluation and monitoring issues globally. Tim also speaks for IUCN on the special challenges of conserving geological sites, including those sites that protect the most exceptional fossil remains of life on Earth

Claudia Hatsumi Uribe Chinen is a Peruvian archaeologist and scholar in heritage studies. Her professional work in the past 9 years has involved teaching assistance in Archaeology, archaeological research projects, consultancy on cultural resource management and research assistance in heritage conservation capacity-building programs. Claudia’s research interest s are generally concerned and critically engaged with uses of archaeological heritage in postcolonial contexts and approaches to ethics, sustainability and human rights in cultural heritage.

Claudio Milano is a social and cultural anthropologist with a background in economics and over 10 years of academic and industry experience. He is an international consultant in tourism development and urban planning, adjunct professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Director of the Master’s program in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning at the Ostelea School Tourism Management, attached to the University of Lleida (Barcelona, Spain). Claudio is the Director of IDITUR Tourism Research Dissemination and Innovation Centre at Ostelea School of Tourism Management. Claudio holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes) both awarded by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).

Eugene Jo holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies, a BA in Korean History and is currently completing her PhD in World Heritage Studies at Konkuk University in Seoul. She joined ICCROM in 2017 as the Programme Coordinator for the joint IUCN/ICCROM World Heritage Leadership Programme. The World Heritage Programme 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. The programme takes up a people-centred approach to conservation of nature and culture, with a focus on rights based approaches and addressing the issue of governance.

Hala Asslan has a Ph.D. from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), Sorbonne, France, with honer. A consultant for the International Council of Monuments and Historic Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO, and many other international organizations since 2010. She has varied professional and academic experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites in Syria, including World Heritage List sites such as Aleppo, Palmyra, Salah-Din Castle, Old Damascus, and Jerusalem. Serves as Co-President of Heritage Committee of the Central Syrian Architects & Engineers Syndicate. She Consultant with the Aga Khan Trust and the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Syria (DGAM) for the restoration and rehabilitation of “Souk al-Saqatiyya” in the Old City of Aleppo, 2018.

Jana Jakobsone, Dr. arch., Director of the Construction Department of Kuldiga Municipality Council, the architect of the municipality (since 2005), Director of the Building Authority (since 2017), Chairperson of the Old Town and Environment Committee (since 2011), director of several urban environment development concepts and research. ICOMOS Latvia president (since 2013), CIVVIH expert member (since 2019). Practicing architect at the SIA Arho Office (from 2001 to 2005), certified practicing architect (since 2014). Lecturer (since 2014) and associate professor (since 2019) on the preservation of the cultural-historical heritage. Author of more than 40 scientific and popular scientific publications. Since 2018 Member of the National Architecture Council of the consultative body of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Laura Beatriz Lage research interests focus on landscapes management, cultural heritage (tangible and intangible), architecture, and urban planning and environment. She is a post-doc student in UFMG and an ICOMOS member in the National Committee of Cultural Landscape in Brazil. She has been carrying research on “Landscape as a way to understand the world”, using Pampulha Settlement (Cultural Landscape designated by UNESCO) as study case. Currently is an executive secretary of the Cultural Landscape Committee in ICOMOS Brazil and contributed to a creation of a study group with a partnership between FMC and UFMG about HUL (Historic Urban Landscape).

Paulette Wallace has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History from the University of Otago and a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2015, she completed a Ph.D. at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been Executive Officer for the Australian Convict Sites, a serial World Heritage Property with 11 sites located across Australia and more recently from 2018 as the Manager Heritage Assets responsible for 12 Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga properties located across the central North Island of New Zealand. Paulette is a member of ICOMOS Australia, Australian representative on the ISCCL from 2015-2018, a member of Our Common Dignity Initiative.

Sanja Zadro, Ph.D., independent researcher based in Zagreb (Croatia), a member of ICOMOS, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Participated in the research project Croatia and Central Europe: Art and Politics in the Late Modern Period (1780-1945) funded by Croatian Science Foundation. Research topic: Vitality of disaster and reinventions of the ruin: Historic preservation (of the built environment) in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. Research interests in the domains of the experimental preservation, political aspects of design practice, participatory urban design, socio-spatial relations, urban sustainability, creative placemaking (microstructural), and critical heritage studies.

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