The IUCN- Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) has joined for the second year in a row the IUCN’s delegation the World Heritage Committee 36 COM in Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation.
ROWA’s participation come from the believe of IUCN- Global World Heritage programme (GWHP) and IUCN ROWA on the importance of up streaming its work on the World Heritage Convention and to strengthen the communication and networking with state parties and open communication channels with them.
However, IUCN; through it's regional representation, hoping and looking to overcome cultural and language barriers, precluded state parties' effective involvement at the Global movement in the implementation of “ the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage”. Therefore, GWHP and IUCN-ROWA have worked very closely together, and collaborated with other regional offices on the development and implementation of IUCN's strategy for the Arab Region and West Asia, and successfully translate this strategy into a well structured and long term programme, called “Tabe’a- طبيعة” translated as nature in English.
At this point ROWA see's its role as a technical partner to support IUCN’s members, states parties, second categories centers in the region to implement the goal of the World Heritage convention, just as other regional and national institutions have interest to work on the World Heritage Convention and Nature conservation, and provide all possible assistance to develop their programmes in supporting the implementation of activities.
In the Arab States, there are different needs and priorities in regards to natural heritage and therefore require different types and levels of support such as: capacity building, management planning, legislation, governance etc. this would provide IUCN with a broader framework than IUCN's Global World Heritage Programme; to enhance the role of the World Heritage Convention in protecting the planet’s biodiversity and promote effective use of its mechanisms to strengthen the conservation and management of natural World Heritage sites.
In addition to IUCN's involvement of World Heritage activities, it published a report for IUCN’s members and partners in the region called Tabe’a, this important document provies ideas on how IUCN could develop its regional programme. ROWA sees its members, states parties and other regional institutions as essential to their plans to respond to issues that have been raised during the periodic reporting process that have been translated into the regional action plan by the committee last year. However, ROWA would like to see a wider collaboration with the partners in its work, and together form a team, to identify and recognize regional outstanding universal values in its geographical presence, with long term protection and management of those globally and regionally important sites.
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Haifaa Abdul Halim