Second National Workshop on the World Heritage Convention Hosted in Trinidad and Tobago

02 November 2016 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: The second national workshop on the World Heritage Convention (WHC) is being held in Trinidad and Tobago from November 1st – 2nd and 8th, 2016.

 The purpose of the workshop is to sensitise participants about the World Heritage Convention and its implications for Trinidad and Tobago as a signatory; to outline the management procedures, guidelines and standards required for inscription and to highlight the benefits of and challenges faced by other countries within the region. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to understand the WHC and requirements for inscription; revise the Trinidad and Tobago’s tentative list of heritage sites; explore new natural and cultural sites for development and prepare a dossier for submission of sites on the tentative list.

 The workshop targets national stakeholders directly involved in the development and management of the country’s natural and cultural resources, including government ministries, historians, museum curators, tour operators, tour guides, managers of cultural and heritage sites in Trinidad and Tobago and members of the Diplomatic Corps with an interest in heritage. Members of CARICOM with World Heritage Sites were also invited to attend.

 The workshop’s facilitators are Chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit of the World Heritage Centre and experts from the Kingston and Havana cluster officers.

The workshop is being co-organised by the Tourism Development Company and the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago.

 Trinidad and Tobago became a signatory in February 2005 to the World Heritage Convention and the Trinidad and Tobago national Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago National Trust, conducted a workshop on the World Heritage Convention and National Tentative List in August 2006. Consequently, in November 2011, Trinidad and Tobago received recognition for three sites onto the Tentative List, the La Brea Pitch Lake, Banwari Trace and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve.