UNESCO World Heritage meeting in Antigua

St. John’s Antigua- Caribbean countries will gather in Antigua this week for a UNESCO World Heritage training course aimed at helping countries establish more world heritage sites in the Caribbean.

The five-day training course will be held from March 24 to 28at the Jolly Beach Hotel and Spa.

The aim is to strengthen professional capacities in the Caribbean Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in preparing nomination dossiers and to increase the number and quality of nominations of cultural and natural heritage sites.

Antigua’s UNESCO representative Dr Reginald Murphy has spearheaded efforts to get Nelsons Dockyard in Antigua and the Codrington Lagoon in Barbuda listed as World Heritage Sites.

This training course follows up a June 2012 training course held in Kingston, Jamaica and is geared at assessing draft nomination dossiers that each country participant has been in the process of developing in the last eight months.

After the course countries will be expected to finalise the nomination dossiers for submission to UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

A total of 17 Caribbean countries will take part in the training which is being jointly hosted by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, The UNESCO Offices in Kingston and Havana and the Antigua & Barbuda National Commission for UNESCO.

Currently the World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

Eight sites from the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean are inscribed on the World Heritage List namely: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (1996); Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City & Harbour, Curacao (1997); Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica (1997); Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, St. Kitts (1999); Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Suriname (2000), Historic Inner City of Paramaribo, Suriname (2002); Pitons Management Area, St. Lucia (2004); Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, Barbudas, (2011).