Training Course on Risk Management for World Heritage

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah, and in partnership with the “Sharjah: Gateway to the Trucial States” management office, ICCROM Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE (ICCROM-Sharjah) organized a training course on Risk Management for World Heritage, between 13 and 17 January 2019. The course participants were mid-career professionals responsible for the conservation and management of heritage in various institutions of the government of Sharjah including the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, Sharjah Institute of Heritage, Sharjah Museums Authority, the Arabian Heritage Centre, Kalba Municipality, Shurooq Investment and Development Authority, AlDhaid Municipality, the UAE’s Armed Forces and the Sharjah Police.

The course aimed to equip participants with the best tools available to manage risks facing cultural heritage sites in the Emirate of Sharjah. Risk management is an organized process that helps concerned entities and organizations to understand, assess and prioritize various types of risks (such as floods, fire, vandalism, etc.)  before taking any action, thereby helping to reduce damage and loss within the available resources.

The course included field visits to sites that are part of the Sharjah nomination file (ranging from Khorfakkan and AlDhaid to Al Mahatta and Wadi Al Helo), group work to identify and analyze the risks facing these sites as well as propose means to reduce and mitigate these risks.