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Enhancing the IUCN World Heritage Programme II – Focus Europe

Proceedings of the Expert Workshop

Workshop held from 7 - 11 November 2013 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany

organised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) jointly with the IUCN World Heritage Programme, the IUCN SEE office and the WCPA Europe.


About the Workshop

The aim of the workshop was to strengthen IUCN’s work on the World Heritage Convention during the new IUCN Programme 2013-2016, and specifically IUCN’s regional network in Europe, including the World Commission on Protected Areas, and engagement with its partner. The workshop aimed to strengthen IUCN’s work on World Heritage by enlarging its technical network in Europe and developing a strategic approach for its work in the region.

The specific objectives were:

  • To discuss IUCN’s role as an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Committee and its broader mandate towards the conservation of natural World Heritage with a focus on Europe;
  • To define the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Europe's role in supporting IUCN's work on World Heritage with a view to developing a concrete set of actions for the region (including a mid-term work plan);
  • To discuss a strategy for strengthening and increasing the IUCN WCPA network in Europe;
  • To take stock of ongoing activities related to World Heritage in Europe with particular emphasis on initiatives from IUCN WCPA;
  • To discuss issues of relevance for World Heritage in Europe such as upstream processes, gap analysis, capacity building and awareness raising.

The target group for this workshop was IUCN’s core network of support on World Heritage in Europe, including the IUCN SEE Office, the World Commission on Protected Areas, other IUCN Commissions, natural experts from WH Committee delegations, National Focal Points for WH nature as well as WH site managers.

The workshop was organised jointly by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with its International Academy for Nature Conservation and the IUCN World Heritage Programme, the IUCN SEE office and the WCPA Vice-Chair for Europe. The workshop was funded by the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and by IUCN.