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Title// Titre

KC 2.1: Connecting Practice

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7275/zcqk-pv16

Biographical Information // Informations biographiques

Kristal Buckley AM is a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She served as an international Vice-President of ICOMOS from 2005-2014 and now works as an ICOMOS World Heritage Advisor. Her research has a focus on global heritage practices, with a particular interest in naturecultures. She has been involved with the IUCN/ICOMOS ‘Connecting Practice’ programme since its beginnings.

Gwenaelle Bourdin is the Director of the World Heritage Evaluations Unit in the ICOMOS International Secretariat (Paris). With more than 20 years experience as a World Heritage specialist, she is responsible for all aspects of the contributions by ICOMOS in World Heritage evaluations, and is responsible for coordinating the IUCN-ICOMOS programme 'Connecting Practice' (Stage 3).

Other Panellist will join the Organisers once their availability to be in Marrakesh is confirmed.

Keywords

Cultural landscapes, rural heritage, natureculture, World Heritage, biocultural landscape

Abstract // Résumé

Connecting Practice is programme initiated jointly by IUCN and ICOMOS and has been a shared learning space to develop new approaches to the recognition of the interconnected character of the natural and cultural values within heritage designation and management frameworks. Highly significant landscapes and seascapes – including those inscribed in the World Heritage List – are the specific focus of Connecting Practice. Initiated in 2013 with the support of The Christensen Fund, Connecting Practice is in its third phase.

This third phase focuses on organically-evolved cultural landscapes (including landscapes for agriculture, but also fishing and shellfish gathering), and explores ideas of 'biocultural resilience' as a management and protection outcome. This phase also includes cooperation with the FAO and their program on ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems’ (GIAHS).

Connecting Practice has adopted an experiential learning approach – ‘learning by doing’. In each phase, field visits have been central to this learning. In the field, teams comprising IUCN and ICOMOS representatives work together with local and international partners with a focus on practice. The small group of field locations – and their site managers, practitioners and communities - form part of a continuing ‘community of practice’ and innovation.

The purposes of the session are to briefly share the current work - including recent site-based engagements, working drafts of a concept paper and glossary, and a questionnaire with selected site managers. Connecting Practice has been a small and focused programme, and there is now a need to think strategically about how to engage with the ICOMOS networks more fully. The session in Marrakesh is an ideal moment to do that.

Individual abstracts:

1. (Mrs) Gwenaelle Bourdin, Director, World Heritage Evaluations Unit, ICOMOS International Secretariat, Paris. (gwenaelle.bourdin@icomos.org)

This presentation will provide an overview of the three stages of ‘Connecting Practice’, a joint project of ICOMOS and IUCN which aims to learn about and develop new approaches to the recognition of the interconnected character of natural and cultural values within heritage designation and management frameworks (with a particular focus on World Heritage). In particular, this presentation will describe the current status of Phase 3 of the project, which focuses on biocultural practices, agricultural sites and management of change at the local level. The outcomes of recent site-based explorations undertaken within this phase of the project will be presented (eg. Al Ain, UAE; Saloum Delta, Senegal; and two others that are currently being confirmed).

2. (Ms) Leanna Wigboldus, Doctoral candidate, University College Dublin (email: leannawigboldus@gmail.com)

This brief presentation will introduce and discuss the development of a ‘glossary’ of keywords for Connecting Practice, including the inter-disciplinary basis of the work of the project. Contributions from symposium participants will invited.

3. (Ms) Kristal Buckley, Lecturer in Cultural Heritage, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (email: kristal.buckley@deakin.edu.au)

This brief presentation will describe an evolving ‘Connecting Practice Concept Paper’ developed for use in this programme; as well as outlining the ways in which fieldwork and qualitative research questions are being generated by the project. A preliminary discussion of outcomes of engagement with key partners and World Heritage site managers will also be included. Contributions from symposium participants will invited, including the ways in which the larger IUCN and ICOMOS networks can be activated more fully.

Bibliographic References // Références Bibliographiques

Buckley, K., Badman, T. and Larsen, P.B. (2014). Crossing Boundaries: exploring biocultural concepts and practices in the World Heritage system. Paper presented to the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly Scientific Symposium, Florence.

IUCN and ICOMOS (2013). Connecting Practice Project. Final Report. [Phase 1] https://www.iucn.org/downloads/connecting_practice_report_iucn_icomos_.pdf

Leitão, Leticia, Gwenaëlle Bourdin, Tim Badman and Leanna Wigboldus (2017) Connecting Practice Phase II: Final Report. ICOMOS/IUCN. Available at: http://openarchive.icomos.org/1841/

Leitao, L., Wigboldus, L., Bourdin, G., Badman, T., Tolnay, Z., and Mthimkhulu, O. (2019). Connecting Practice: defining new methods and strategies to further integrate natural and cultural heritage under the World Heritage Convention. In Verschuuren, B. and Brown, S. (eds) Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: governance, management and policy. Routledge Earthscan. pp. 151-163

Stockholm Resilience Center (nd) Applying Resilience Thinking. https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2015-02-19-applying-resilience-thinking.html

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KC 2.1: Connecting Practice

Connecting Practice is programme initiated jointly by IUCN and ICOMOS and has been a shared learning space to develop new approaches to the recognition of the interconnected character of the natural and cultural values within heritage designation and management frameworks. Highly significant landscapes and seascapes – including those inscribed in the World Heritage List – are the specific focus of Connecting Practice. Initiated in 2013 with the support of The Christensen Fund, Connecting Practice is in its third phase.

This third phase focuses on organically-evolved cultural landscapes (including landscapes for agriculture, but also fishing and shellfish gathering), and explores ideas of 'biocultural resilience' as a management and protection outcome. This phase also includes cooperation with the FAO and their program on ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems’ (GIAHS).

Connecting Practice has adopted an experiential learning approach – ‘learning by doing’. In each phase, field visits have been central to this learning. In the field, teams comprising IUCN and ICOMOS representatives work together with local and international partners with a focus on practice. The small group of field locations – and their site managers, practitioners and communities - form part of a continuing ‘community of practice’ and innovation.

The purposes of the session are to briefly share the current work - including recent site-based engagements, working drafts of a concept paper and glossary, and a questionnaire with selected site managers. Connecting Practice has been a small and focused programme, and there is now a need to think strategically about how to engage with the ICOMOS networks more fully. The session in Marrakesh is an ideal moment to do that.

Individual abstracts:

1. (Mrs) Gwenaelle Bourdin, Director, World Heritage Evaluations Unit, ICOMOS International Secretariat, Paris. (gwenaelle.bourdin@icomos.org)

This presentation will provide an overview of the three stages of ‘Connecting Practice’, a joint project of ICOMOS and IUCN which aims to learn about and develop new approaches to the recognition of the interconnected character of natural and cultural values within heritage designation and management frameworks (with a particular focus on World Heritage). In particular, this presentation will describe the current status of Phase 3 of the project, which focuses on biocultural practices, agricultural sites and management of change at the local level. The outcomes of recent site-based explorations undertaken within this phase of the project will be presented (eg. Al Ain, UAE; Saloum Delta, Senegal; and two others that are currently being confirmed).

2. (Ms) Leanna Wigboldus, Doctoral candidate, University College Dublin (email: leannawigboldus@gmail.com)

This brief presentation will introduce and discuss the development of a ‘glossary’ of keywords for Connecting Practice, including the inter-disciplinary basis of the work of the project. Contributions from symposium participants will invited.

3. (Ms) Kristal Buckley, Lecturer in Cultural Heritage, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (email: kristal.buckley@deakin.edu.au)

This brief presentation will describe an evolving ‘Connecting Practice Concept Paper’ developed for use in this programme; as well as outlining the ways in which fieldwork and qualitative research questions are being generated by the project. A preliminary discussion of outcomes of engagement with key partners and World Heritage site managers will also be included. Contributions from symposium participants will invited, including the ways in which the larger IUCN and ICOMOS networks can be activated more fully.