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Application Procedures


The Academy will take place online from November 2022 to March 2023 and onsite on 21-24 March 2023, opened to maximum 20 selected participants. Eligible applicants should be decision makers, officials or other representatives from:

  • local government agencies and other relevant actors responsible for the management/safeguarding of World Heritage properties, Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities, and elements inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

  • Local development agencies from areas related to specific UNESCO designated sites/elements.

  • Other practitioners such as community groups, independent experts, scholars/researchers, staff from international organizations or NGOs, etc.


Participants selected on the basis of the selection criteria will have the possibility to receive two different kinds of support:

  • Exemption from participation fee and provision of free accommodation

A maximum of 20 participants may be exempted from the participation fee and provided with free lodging and some board covered, for the duration of the workshop.

  • Provision of a lump sum to partially cover their travel expenses (upon availability of funds)

Priority will be given to participants from South-East European Countries.

For clarifications:

Selection criteria

Applications will be jointly evaluated by the Academy Coordination and the Scientific Committee, based on the combination of the following criteria:

  • Applicants’ eligibility

  • Completeness, quality, and relevance of the applications in relation to the workshop’s subject

  • Geographical balance

  • Gender balance

  • Balanced representation of different UNESCO designations

  • Balanced representation of cultural and natural sites.


Applications are now closed!

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