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Dear friend,
We hope you are safe and well. We would like to invite you to our civil society action webinar on support for the safeguarding of heritage in Ukraine. In collaboration with Europa Nostra and the Global Heritage Fund, we seek to highlight and encourage the actions of civil society in times of crisis. The OurWorldHeritage mission is specifically to engage civil society in the protection of cultural and natural heritage.

#2021debate and the 50th anniversary of the world heritage convention
OurWorldHeritage was established to investigate heritage protection in terms of progress, constraints and opportunities on the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, and we organised 2021debate to generate and discuss relevant themes and look forward to the next decades. 2021debate became so much more, and we would like to express our deep appreciation for the work and input of hundreds of people and institutions. 134 webinars were organised with up to 6 speakers per event. This incredible source of information is now publicly available on our website and on YouTube. We are working on making this rich database more searchable.
Go to overview.
Civil Society in Action for Ukraine’s Endangered Heritage
Webinar on Thursday March 31, 2022, 12:00-14:00 UTC, register here.
At this time, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating a huge humanitarian crisis, with victims among both civilians and the military. In the context of these events, Ukraine’s cultural and natural heritage, as an emblem of its people’s identity and memory, is also under threat. Historic centres, museums, cultural institutions and landscapes are being targeted, damaged, and destroyed, while artists, scholars and cultural workers are deeply affected by these terrible acts.
Civil society organisations can and must help Ukraine in this difficult moment by supporting initiatives for the protection of heritage sites, museums, cultural infrastructure, and colleagues in the field, and by planning for future activities of peace and reconciliation, restoration, reconstruction, and the recovery of cultural life.
This webinar intends to provide an opportunity to highlight these chains of support, and to provide a collaborative exchange between civil society organisations and institutions/initiatives in Ukraine to discuss concrete ways of providing short- and medium-term support in their efforts to preserve Ukrainian heritage and culture.
A joint initiative with our partners, this seminar and dialogue aim to raise awareness in solidarity with Ukrainian society, to promote crowdfunding campaigns, such as the initiative Support Ukraine’s Cultural Defenders launched by Europa Nostra and Global Heritage Fund, and to highlight any other cultural and natural heritage initiatives in support of the response to this crisis throughout civil society.
We invite you to register for this webinar, to join us, and participate in the discussion.
Global Competition Winners
OurWorldHeritage and the #2021debate team Information Technology would like to congratulate again both 3rd place winners of the Global Competition:
First 3rd place winner:
ARTIVE and The Arc/k Project: Ma’arrat al-Nu’man Museum and the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
The Arc/k Project and the Netcher Project (video)
The collaborative team, ARTIVE and The Arc/k Project, worked in partnership with The Day After Heritage Projection Initiative to build capacity for local Syrians to preserve heritage through digital documentation and combat illicit trade. Several sections of the Ma’arrat al-Nu’man museum were successfully digitally catalogued by The Day After but efforts have pivoted to the World Heritage Site, Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, since the museum is no longer accessible.
Second 3rd place winner:
Primate Expertise: Using Information Technology to monitor threats in Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Primate Expertise team setting up camera traps to monitor elusive animals and criminal activity
The Primate Expertise team, led by Dr. Augustin K. Basabose, is working in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to strengthen biodiversity conservation in the Congolese forests. The primary challenges they face are poaching and animal trafficking, deforestation, bush fires, and ore mining.
Do not forget to check the winning project iDiscover Ahmedabad, Voicing Untold Narratives and the second place projects Wulingyuan Nature-Culture Lenses: An AR-based World Heritage Interpretation System for Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, China and Measuring Tourism & Destination Well-being in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.
Last but not least, the final Report of the Transformational Impacts of Information Technology team is now available for download!
Partnerships and Co-learning
Most importantly, we want to continue strengthening our network and building partnerships. We invite you to contact us should you like to collaborate or assist in our mission of engaging civil society in the protection of heritage. OurWorldHeritage’s work is ongoing, and we look forward to updating you with our next steps over the coming months.
Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter. We are happy to have you ‘on board’! OWH is an initiative created by individuals working on a 100% voluntary capacity. OWH welcomes diverse viewpoints in the spirit of collegial debate where mutual respect is afforded to all.
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