Knowledge Café 2.1: Connecting Practice

Bourdin, Gwenaëlle, Buckley, Kristal and Wigboldus, Leanna (2019) Knowledge Café 2.1: Connecting Practice. In: ICOMOS 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium - Rural Heritage - Landscapes and Beyond, 17 October 2019, Marrakesh, Morocco. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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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. ( 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: 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 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Bourdin, Gwenaëlle
Buckley, Kristal
Wigboldus, Leanna
Languages: English
Keywords: Research programmes; research projects; natural heritage; cultural heritage; world heritage; world heritage sites; interdisciplinarity; values; cultural significance; local communities; community participation; governance; ethnological aspects; ethnology; standards; theory of conservation; Case studies; methodology; ICOMOS; IUCN; International organizations
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
National Committee: ICOMOS International
International Scientific Committee: Cultural Landscapes (ICOMOS-IFLA)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2019 10:26
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 15:24
References: 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]

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

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

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