Course #1: Impact Assessment for World Heritage  




This course aims to provide IA practitioners with an overview of the World
Heritage (WH) system so that they can more successfully carry out impact
assessment (IA) at WH properties.

This course will share the latest results from the World Heritage Leadership
program, which enjoys collaboration between the Advisory Bodies to the World
Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS, IUCN) and the support of the World
Heritage Centre. The course content will be based on one specific module of this
program, which focused on IA for WH, and which has seen the contribution of
IAIA’s cultural heritage section.

In 2019 the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessment was updated and
revised, most notably with regard to addressing both natural and cultural WH.

Learning outcomes will focus on knowledge acquisition in three areas:
1. Greater familiarity with WH procedures, requirements and aspirations.
2. The process outlined in the revised Guidance on IA for WH and where that
differs from other IA approaches due to the focus on Outstanding Universal
3. How to best incorporate the new guidance in larger impact assessment studies.

Level: Foundation
Prerequisites: None
Language: English
Duration: 1 day (24 May)
Price: US$335
Min/Max: 10-25

Laptop would be ideal but not necessary for group work.


Sarah Court, IA Consultant, ICCROM (Italy)
Eugene Jo, WHL Coordinator, ICCROM (Italy)
Richard Mackay, ICOMOS (Australia)
Peter Shadie, IUCN (Switzerland)
Christopher Polglase, IAIA Cultural Heritage Section Chair (USA)
Arlene Fleming, IAIA Cultural Heritage Section Chair (USA)


Sarah Court is an archaeologist and heritage practitioner whose work is mainly based at World Heritage properties in Italy and beyond. Her main contribution to the World Heritage Leadership Programme is as focal point for the revised ICOMOS Guidance for Heritage Impact Assessment.
She co-authored a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for Villa Adriana (Italy), which was used as a tool by the Ministry of Culture to change development plans. She also co-authored an HIA for the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (Sri Lanka), the recommendations of which were supported by the World Heritage Committee. She has been involved in capacity building on HIA for both ICCROM and ICOMOS, as well as contributing to other ICCROM programmes, such as People-Nature-Culture.
Her professional experience has been strongly influenced by over a decade of ongoing involvement with the Herculaneum Conservation Project (Italy), where she coordinates initiatives that promote inclusive approaches to cultural heritage and involve the local and international communities. This includes encouraging links to the wider historic urban landscape and the natural heritage beyond. She has also coordinated an audience development programme to identify and understand the site’s visitors, local residents and other interest groups, and gain their support for long-term site sustainability.
In addition, she has worked with the Cyprus Department of Antiquities on the development of a Master Plan for the archaeological site of Amathous and contributed to a management study for the Painted Churches in the Troodos Region for the European Commission. In the Lake Ohrid Region (Albania/FYR Macedonia) she was ICCROM’s consultant for a public consultation campaign in support of management planning processes. In addition, she works with a range of other clients, including the Getty Conservation Institute.

Eugene Jo is the Programme Coordinator for the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme based in Rome, Italy. The World Heritage Leadership Programme focuses on providing sound and concrete guidance for the management and conservation of World Heritage sites interlinking culture, nature and people, of which a focus is placed on impact assessment.
She has been working within the World Heritage sector for 15 years in various capacities such as the national focal point for the Republic of Korea, research consultant, member of World Heritage Committee delegations, rapporteur of the World Heritage Committee (2016) and as staff member of the Advisory Body of ICCROM. She has been involved in several World Heritage nomination projects, establishing management systems, plans, monitoring systems and state of conservation follow-ups for sites in Korea.
With an academic background in Korean history, cultural heritage management, and World Heritage policies, she has been involved with organizing and participating in numerous impact assessment courses and workshops focusing on promoting the sustainable development agenda within the heritage sector.
Prof Richard Mackay, AM is the ICOMOS Focal Point for the Heritage Impact Assessment Guidelines project within the World Heritage Leadership Program. A longstanding Member of Australia ICOMOS, Richard is also the Convenor of the Twentieth General Assembly of ICOMOS and the related Scientific Symposium that will be held Sydney in October 2020. The founder and ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic, Richard has worked in cultural heritage management for more than 30 years. He was a founding partner of GML Heritage Pty Ltd and has worked in cultural heritage management throughout Australia and in Asia.
Richard has served as an ICOMOS cultural advisor at recent Sessions of the World Heritage Committee and is a past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee. He was responsible for the ‘heritage’ components of the Australian State of the Environment Reports for 2011 and 2016. Richard is also a former member of Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Party, Non-executive Director of the National Trust (NSW), Member of the State Heritage Council and Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee. He has completed and peer reviewed Heritage Impact Assessment reports for a diverse range of World Heritage properties and other culoturally-significant places and has participated in project teams for major environmental impact assessments.
Richard was the inaugural winner of the Australian Heritage Council ‘Sharon Sullivan Award’ for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage. In 2003, he was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to archaeology and cultural heritage.
Peter Shadie is currently Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, based in IUCN headquarters, Switzerland. He speaks for IUCN on all matters concerning the World Heritage Convention, including IUCN’s work on monitoring all listed natural sites and evaluating new proposals for World Heritage Listing. Peter was formerly IUCN Senior Adviser on World Heritage and, through the period 2000 to 2017 was a member of the IUCN World Heritage Panel, which reviews World Heritage nominations and provides technical advice to IUCN.
Peter has more than 35 years’ experience working in conservation. He began his career as a park ranger with Australia’s New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service before joining IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme in 1999 where he was Executive Director for the 2003 IUCN World Parks Congress. From 2006 to 2010 he led IUCN’s work on protected areas across 23 countries as Head of its Protected Areas Programme in Asia. He then returned to his homeland Australia, working as a freelance consultant. Peter is also a former CEO and Director of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
Christopher Polglase has nearly 40 years of professional experience in archaeological excavations, historical research, and applied cultural heritage studies. He has wide-ranging regulatory and research experience, having managed projects and conducted investigations throughout the Europe, the Mediterranean and Caucasus, the Continental United States, the Arctic, Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He is recognized as an expert on cultural heritage management programs, most specifically related to project impacts on cultural heritage. He provides senior consultancy support from due diligence and project planning and approvals through the implementation of impact assessment commitments and the development of cultural heritage management plans (CHMP). Chris currently is Co-Chair of the Cultural Heritage Section of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and a Technical Advisor for Leaders in Energy and Preservation. He was President of the Council for Maryland Archaeology and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute. He is co-author of a Smithsonian Institution publication on the cultural heritage and the AGT Pipelines and a chapter in a UNESCO publication from a conference on World Heritage and sustainable development in Africa. He has presented papers on cultural heritage in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Azerbaijan, Chile, Canada, Italy, Tanzania, South Africa, Switzerland, Portugal, and Australia.    
Arlene K. Fleming has degrees in history, archaeology (including field work in Turkey and Italy), and telecommunications. Since the 1990s, she has developed and directed projects focused on bringing new financial resources, technologies and approaches to cultural heritage protection and management in the context of armed conflict, natural disasters, climate change and social and economic development.
During two decades at the World Bank, Ms. Fleming has participated in lending for cultural heritage and development, involving projects in Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, China, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, where she served as team leader for the Cultural Assets Rehabilitation Project.  Her responsibilities also included re-formulating the policy for safeguarding cultural heritage in Bank-financed projects and training Bank staff and client country officials in policy compliance. She conceived and directed the Physical Cultural Resources Country Profiles project and has been instrumental in fostering collaboration between the Bank and heritage conservation organizations.
Mrs. Fleming has advised the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation and Department of Defense, as well as Rio Tinto, the international mining company, on safeguarding cultural resources.  She established and is co-chair of the Cultural Heritage Section of the International Association for Impact Assessment and has conducted sessions and training at the organization’s annual meetings.  Ms. Fleming conceived and directed cultural and natural heritage conservation projects sponsored by the World Monuments Fund, the Getty Conservation Institute, UNESCO, the U.S.Forest Service, and National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.  She has lectured on international standards for protecting and managing cultural heritage resources and has published numerous articles and chapters in several books.