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In April 2005, GCI staff participated as instructors and resource personnel in a weeklong workshop entitled World Heritage Management: A Value-Based Approach, presented by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Hiroshima, Japan. This is the second in a three-year series of UNITAR workshops on the management and conservation of World Heritage Sites. The first workshop was held in Hiroshima in March 2004 (see Conservation, vol. 19, no. 2).

Participants in the April 2005 workshop included trainers and decision makers from World Heritage administrations; midlevel officers from national governmental authorities such as ministries of environment, culture, or forestry; and World Heritage Site managers.

The workshop emphasized the value-based approach to heritage management introduced in the 2004 workshop. Participants received basic information and updates on the World Heritage organization, were introduced to current topics regarding heritage management, and studied leading policies and strategies, including examples of successes and failures. They learned legal and policy-planning techniques, discussed case studies, and performed practical exercises, which enhance long-term learning and exchange among the participants.

Two study tours to World Heritage Sites—the Atom Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine—provided additional learning opportunities and case studies during the workshop.

The long-term objective of the course is to foster better use of the World Heritage Convention through national policy making and planning and the exchange of best practices and case studies.

For further information, visit the Web site of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office for Asia in the Pacific at www.unitar.org/hiroshima/.