Eritrea ratified the World Heritage Convention in 2001, but does not yet have a site inscribed on the List, or a complete Tentative List of sites.

The workshop will raise awareness of problems that can arise in the application of the Convention and encourage an active commitment on behalf of the country among national administrators, politicians, future managers of World Heritage sites, and conservation technicians. Participants in the three-day workshop include professionals from the national Eritrean museums, the ministries of Agriculture, Land, Water and Environment, and Tourism, as well as professionals from the Cultural Affairs Rehabilitation Project (CARP) and religious institutions.

The workshop is organised in co-operation with the National Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS, IUCN, the UNESCO field office in Nairobi, and the World Heritage Centre.