Capacity Building Workshop (Krakow 2019)

About the Capacity Building Workshop

The Capacity Building Workshop is a training workshop offered to site managers and heritage experts from OWHC member cities. It aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of people with direct responsibility for the management and conservation of their city’s heritage.

For this first edition, the workshop will be held on 1 and 2 June 2019, in Krakow (Poland), and will precede the 15th World Congress of the OWHC. This is a pilot edition and will be in English only. Please note that the other working languages of the OWHC will also be considered for future editions.


  • April 30, 2019 – End of registrations
  • June 1-2, 2019 – Capacity Building Workshop in Krakow
  • June 2-5, 2019 – 15th World Congress in Krakow


Wyspiański Pavilion, Krakow (Poland)




This training workshop is organized by PlanSinn |

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Through their streets and their historic buildings, World Heritage cities celebrate a unique and exceptional past. But these cities are also resolutely turned towards the future: to stay alive and vibrant, they need to take into account the current needs of their communities.

With this in mind, the World Heritage Centre adopted the Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in 2011, a recommendation that encourages historic cities to develop closer collaboration with their communities when it comes to heritage preservation and urban development. In the development of a management plan, a restoration project, an urban policy, a tourism strategy or any other tool to enhance the heritage and develop the city, the citizen involvement has indeed become an essential element to consider.

In 2017, the OWHC also addressed this issue at its 14th World Congress, held in Gyeongju, South Korea. The OWHC General Assembly then adopted recommendations to encourage the involvement of local communities in the decision-making process. With this first edition of the Capacity Building Workshop, the OWHC wishes to continue this movement and deepen reflection.


The Capacity Building Workshop aims to introduce participants to the most current issues and concepts of citizen participation and involvement of local communities.

  • Follow up on the recommendations adopted in 2017 by the OWHC General Assembly in Gyeongju (South Korea)
  • Allow site managers and heritage experts to explore new practices to promote citizen participation in the protection and presentation of their city’s heritage.

To combine theory and practice, the activity will also include scenarios, case study presentations, and a field visit.


English will be the working language for this activity. The participant must have a level of English that allows him/her to be active during the workshop.


The Capacity Building Workshop is designed for up to 10 participants. Each participant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The participant must be a site manager and/or heritage expert in the municipal field.
  • The participant must work for a city that has been a member in good standing of the OWHC for the last three (3) years (including the current year). A participant from a city whose World Heritage List and membership in the OWHC is less than three (3) years old is also eligible, provided that the city has paid its annual payments since joining the organization.
  • Only one (1) participant per city is eligible.
  • The participant in the Capacity Building Workshop must also be registered at the 15th OWHC World Congress in Krakow.

Financial support and registration

Please fill in this form with your name, city, and email address. The OWHC will then send you all the information about the financial support available, and the registration form to register to the Capacity Building Workshop.


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