The training modules:

The modules will be developed as packages to be used for recording, documenting, monitoring, and managing information related to a world heritage site, the contents consists on:

1. Introduction to the use of recording, documentation and information systems in conservation and protection of world heritage sites.
2. Preparation of a digital site reference map, a measured map(s) containing geographic information, features and other relevant thematic assessments of the site. These maps could be developed through GIS and other technologies.
3. Preparation of systematic monitoring tools to assist site managers in planning and evaluating conservation activities at WH properties using Information Systems and other related techniques.
4. Preparation of digital measured datasets of specific locations within the site. These maps could be developed through non- and imaged-based recording tools, such as REDM Total Station, digitising conventional hand measurements maps, 3D laser mapping devices, rectified photography, photogrammetry and other techniques.
5. Introduction to the use of advanced digital information system that might be applied for Periodic Reporting of the Arab States Region in 2007 (HEREIN system), targeted to mainly for the national experts
These five modules will be integrated in the each proposed training workshops. In the future, these modules could be taught individually, depending on the needs of each site and regional partner.  

Furthermore, the two workshops will be organized in January and February 2004, the teaching contents will make use of a selected number of case studies, on sites selected in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the concerned national authorities.

These training sessions will be able to identify the level of support required at the sites in terms of the following questions (UNESCO, 1998) :

Moreover, during the training courses, the first module will be taught to the whole group of trainees. Subsequently, the group will be split into two groups (beginners and advanced), depending on their background and knowledge in recording, documentation, and information systems.

The contents of each remaining module will be adapted to the beginner and advanced groups.

•  Is basic documentation available at the site?

•  Is there a conservation and management plan?

•  Is there appropriate expertise in the staff at the site?

•  Do they have necessary tools to do their job on a continuing basis?

Case Studies

Cultural heritage: Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur (Egypt), focusing on Saqqara: the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt has some extraordinary funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples and pyramids. In ancient times, the site was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World ( Inscription on the List of World Heritage in 1979).


Target audience: trainees

Trainees: experts on cultural and natural heritage preferably with both knowledge of cultural heritage recording and documentation and computer skills. Desirably with experience in computer-aided drafting tools (ex. AutoCAD, MicroStation, etc) and other graphic packages (ex. Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Draw, etc). They should be attached to the national authority dealing with protection of World Heritage sites.

Number of trainees: young professionals (from 25 to 35 years old) on this field will be invited from each member country of the region. There will be approximately 18 to 20 participants for each training course; each country may propose three candidates, from which the WHC staff will select one.


The training workshop consists of four modules designed for both mapping cultural and natural heritage sites. The duration will be of 2 weeks (6 days per week 8 hours a day) of intensive training.

Furthermore, study a technical excursion to visit other cultural and/or natural sites are planned during the training course; these could be organized by the hosting State Party at a site currently being documented.
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UNESCO Report to the Director-General of UNESCO on the management review of the world heritage convention, Paris 1998.

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updated: 11/28/2003