This course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management, to be held at Røros, is the first major activity of the World Heritage Leadership Programme, and the start of a process to set a new standard to link nature and culture practice in World Heritage Sites.  The course curriculum has been developed through a series of activities.  Among them was the curriculum developed to organize an international training course by ICCROM and IUCN to ‘Address nature–culture interlinkages in managing World Heritage Sites’ in 2014. Course modules were subsequently tested at training activities of ICCROM over the last two years. This also includes the course on People Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture ( already designed and implemented. Tsukuba University (Japan) ran a course ( related to the theme using the curriculum as the basis. The course at Røros will bring together all these experiences, and will also address the relationship between people (including local communities and indigenous peoples) and the cultural and natural values of sites, including how sites and their surrounding land/seascapes are managed. A crucial feature of the course is that it will bring together practitioners and resource persons from both cultural and natural heritage sectors.

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