Climate Vulnerability Training

The Climate Vulnerability Syllabus

The CVI project is strongly focused on local capacity building within Tanzania, Nigeria and other LMIC countries in Africa. It aims to create a longer term capacity, embedding a technique and approach within the heritage community and creating long-lasting, sustainable and meaningful international collaborations and relationships.

The project achieved this by working with partners to:

  1. Create a set of sustainable online training resources on climate change adaptation and cultural heritage; specifically, vulnerability assessment techniques of heritage properties which will have a wider utility within Africa and further afield;
  2.  Publishing two published reports – one from each workshop – with local stakeholders and partners and within each partner country. 
  3. Publishing academic outputs and presenting at both World Heritage and climate change events.

Climate Heritage

Exploring the many ways in which climate change and cultural heritage intersect including impacts, adaptation, carbon mitigation and high ambition. This content will be provided by partners from ICOMOS and the Climate Heritage Network.

OUV Vulnerability

Investigating how climate change impacts the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of sites. This OUV is what makes sites World Heritage and is often under threat from climate change. This will focus on key project sites.

Community Vulnerability

Evaluating the economic, social and cultural dependencies upon the WH property, and the adaptive capacity of these to cope with climate change, for all types of World Heritage properties (cultural, natural and mixed).

Watch some sample presentations from each week of our CVI training course here!

           Week 0: Training Introduction

           Week 1: World Heritage in Africa 

         Week 2: Climate Change

             Week 3: Climate and Heritage

             Week 4: Climate and Heritage

             Week 5: Climate and Heritage

  Week 6: Understanding OUV Vulnerability

         Week 7: Community Vulnerability

             Week 8: The CVI Workshop

In early summer 2021, the CVI Africa project will provide remote training to six heritage professionals from across the African continent. These participants have been selected from many hundreds of applicants. Meet them here:

Khansa Bouaziz is a Tunisian Architect who is passionate about archaeology and heritage. She is currently completing two master degrees, in two different countries: Heritage Conservation and Site Management in Germany, and Islamic Archaeology in Tunisia. Also, an ICOMOS member since 2012 and was youngest board member of the ICOMOS National Committee between 2016  and 2019.

Daniel Ishaya Mwada (Mr.), is a Heritage and Site Manager with National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria, Holds BSc. Geography, Master Degree in Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies, Post Graduate Diploma, Museology at Institute of Archaeology and Museum Studies and, had two Diploma Certificates in both Computer and French

Fatma Twahir is the Principal Curator of Fort Jesus World Heritage Site. She is an architect, holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure,   an accomplished lead expert in Environmental Impact Assessments and a trained Conservator in built heritage and Disaster Risk Management.  

While working to mitigate the impact of the Rwenzori Mountains’ melting snow on the Bakonzo and Alur communities, Simon Musasizi has come face-face with the effects of climate change on cultural heritage sites. As the Heritage Trust Programme Manager with the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU), he is spearheading the establishment of a national trust to champion the cause for safeguarding historic and natural sites in Uganda.u

Nengai Nairouwa is a Tanzanian woman,
Cultural Heritage Conservator at Tanzania
National Parks (TANAPA) and also a site
Manager at Caravan Serai Slave trade
museum in Bagamoyo. She is a graduate of
bachelor degree of Cultural Anthropology
and Tourism in 2012 and Master Degree in
Tourism Culture and Society at Tumaini
University Iringa Collage; 2014

Jaylson Monteiro is the Director of Monuments and Sites at the Cultural Heritage Institute in Cabo Verde and Director of the Cidade Velha World Heritage Management Office. He has an Undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology and a Masters degree in Management and Valorization of Historical and Cultural Heritage.