The 3rd International Workshop
Space Technologies for Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites
(22 June-10 July, 2016)

Earth observation from space is being successfully used to monitor and evaluate the land cover changes over large areas of the planet. UNESCO, in partnership with some space agencies in the world, is assisting developing Member States of UNESCO by applying space technologies to assess the state of conservation of UNESCO-inscribed cultural and natural heritage sites. Recent developments in earth observation and a combination of satellite data with airborne and ground data are enabling new applications for the assessment of world heritage sites.

However,not all UNESCO Member States have the capacity to use and interpret satellite data in monitoring the state of conservation of their UNESCO-inscribed sites. Therefore, to make use of satellite imagery that is increasingly accessible, many Member States have strong demands of improving their capacities in understanding and interpreting the images for better monitoring and conserving their world heritage sites.

For this purpose, the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO has organized two international workshops of using space technologies for management and conservation of World Heritage Sites in Beijing twice in October, 2012 and July, 2014 respectively. The two workshops, which benefitted more than 40 managers or researchers of world heritage from more than 16 countries in Asia and Africa, were warmly welcome by UNESCO and its member states. More workshops are therefore highly expected.

To live up to the expectation of UNESCO member states, HIST is planning to organize the 3rd International Workshop – Space Technologies for Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites during 22 June -10 July, 2016. The Workshop is financially sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

HIST is a category II center under the auspices of UNESCO which was approved by the 35th General Conference of UNESCO in October 2009 and officially established in Beijing on 24 July, 2011. This is the first UNESCO category 2 centre applying space technologies to the monitoring and conservation of cultural and natural world heritage sites. It is hosted by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of CAS which is a national research institution of China located in Beijing with the capacity of receiving and processing data acquired from satellites and remote sensing aircrafts, and applying the data to research work in various areas including the world heritage sites.

Date: 22 June-10 July, 2016
Venue: Beijing, China

To help UNESCO implement its programs, especially in the capacity building of Asia and Africa on using space technologies for better conservation and management of the World Heritage sites, the Workshop is designed to provide training to the policy-makers, managers and researchers of the World Heritage sites mainly in the less developed member states of UNESCO in Asia and Africa. Nonetheless, qualified candidates from the less developed member states of UNESCO in other continents are also welcome. Based on the training, a network of collaborators on the use of space technologies for World Heritage sites, which has been set up in Asia and parts of Africa in close link with HIST, will be further expanded beyond Asia and Africa.

The policy makers, managers and practitioners of world heritage sites of the less developed member states of UNESCO in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world lacking the capacity to use and interpret satellite data in monitoring the state of conservation of their UNESCO-inscribed sites are able to apply for participating in the Workshop. As the number is limited to around 20 people, only those who are highly qualified can be selected as formal participants.

● Conditions: policy-makers, managers, practitioners or researchers of world heritage sites from the less developed member states of UNESCO in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world, with background of space technologies or GIS as an advantage; skills of fluent English communication are required.
● Application:
(1) Applicants fill in the attached application form and submit it to Ms Huo Sijia, the contact of the Workshop, at or by fax +86-10-8217-8915. Application deadline is 10April, 2016.
(2) The selection group will examine the applications and notify the applicants of the decisions before 20April, 2016. Invitations will be sent to the selected applicants for visa formalities at the same time.

HIST will provide the selected participants with round-trip international airfares between their home countries and Beijing (economy class), and the local expenses such as board and lodging, field tour, local transportation, etc. during the Workshop.

The language of the Workshop is English. Knowing or speaking some Chinese will be an advantage.

1. CAS and its international cooperation;
2. HIST objective and its international projects;
3. The World Heritage Convention and its List of World Heritage Sites;
4. The conservation and challenges of the World Heritage sites in Asia and Africa;
5. The sustainable development and protection of world heritage ;
6. Space technologies and their applications;
7. Remote sensing data acquisition, processing and application;
8. Virtual Satellite ground station;
9. Space technologies for Monitoring of the World Heritage sites;
10. Virtual reality technology for World Heritage conservation;
11. Space technologies for mitigation of natural disasters in World Heritage sites;
12. Space technologies for discovering and detecting Archaeological sites;
13. Space technologies for protecting World Heritage sites;
14. Software practice of remote sensing image processing;
15. Software practice of geographical information system (GIS);
16. Interactive Exchange and Discussion: Case Study on the World Heritage Sites in Each of the Participants’ Countries.

Note: All the participants will have an opportunity to participate free of charge in the “2016 Digital Earth Summit” to be held in Beijing during 7-8 July, 2016

The lecturers will be composed of well-known experts on space technologies for world heritage from both China and the world.

The participants will be accommodated in a hotel in Beijing with 2 persons sharing one standard room of two beds. Three meals will be served in the restaurant of the same hotel.

As is customary, all the participants are advised to take adequate insurance towards health, medical, accident or any other health related incidences/cases during their stay in China, HIST shall not be responsible for such expenses.

For more information please contact:
Ms. Huo Sijia
Tel: +86-10-82178911
Fax: +86-10-82178915

Report on the 1st Workshop 2012
On October 9-28, 2012, the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO (HIST) and Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) co-hosted the 1st International Workshop on Space Technologies for World Heritage in Beijing. Twenty participants were selected amongst 54 applications from 16 developing countries in Asia (Pakistan, Nepal, DPRK, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, and so on).

Field Study at the Great Wall, Beijing, China
Report on the 2nd Workshop 2014
From 01 to 19 July, 2014, the 2nd International Workshop on using Space Technologies World Heritage Sites was organized successfully in Beijing and Zhengzhou by HIST and Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of CAS. Coming from 12 developing countries in Asia and Africa such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Egypt, Ethiopia, 20 managers and researchers of world heritage have undergone training for nearly three weeks.

Classroom Training and Field Study

download:Application form - workshop 2016.doc