Impact Assessment in a World Heritage Context course

February 20, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

13th – 15th March 2023

World Heritage properties continue to face pressure from various forms of development – including commercial and residential projects, energy projects, transport infrastructure and tourism development – and other significant changes that can affect their Outstanding Universal Value. State of Conservation Reports often bring these issues to the attention of the World Heritage Committee, which has long requested impact assessments to inform better decision-making for the future of World Heritage. To respond to these Committee requests and comply with the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, States Parties, local authorities and World Heritage management teams have increasingly sought guidance and support to build capacities on impact assessment. 

This online course on Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context will introduce participants to the methodology outlined in the updated Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context (July 2022), which was prepared by the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention – ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN – in partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It explores how impact assessment and multidisciplinary cooperation can be useful in identifying solutions for both protecting World Heritage sites and supporting high-quality, appropriate development.

The World Heritage Leadership programme has launched a call for applications for the online course “Impact Assessment in a World Heritage context” which will be held online in March 2023. The call for applications is available at this link:

Deadline for applications 3 March 2023.

Organised by ICCROM, IUCN, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.