Tentative program

- updates to follow

Tuesday 14 March

  • Welcome address
  • Keynote speaker

SESSION 1 – Perspectives

UNESCO defines world heritage, geoparks and biosphere areas. We also talk about protected areas, national attractions, cultural heritage and man's relationship with nature. But how should the relationship between nature, culture and values be perceived fundamentally?

  • Jógvan D. Hansen, philosopher, University of the Faroe Islands (Faroe Islands)
  • Helga Hvanndal, Vatnajökull National Park (Iceland)
  • Paninnguaq Fleischer-Lyberth, site manager (Greenland)

SESSION 2 – Strength in community

How to establish useful cooperation across the NORA region and beyond. How do you choose the right strategy and how do you establish effective and relevant networks?

  • Meriem Bouamrane, Chief of Section on MAB Research and Policy: Ecology and Biodiversity (UNESCO)
  • Eleanor Haine, Program Officer, Canadian Commission for UNESCO (Canada)
  • Rebekka Kirsh, (Norge) - tbc
  • Jóhan Pauli Helgason, Visit Faroe Islands, (Faroe Islands)
  • Mads Wolff, (Denmark)

Wednesday 15 March

SESSION 3 – Status

The situation of UNESCO sites in the NORA region. National and Nordic presentations also include the intangible cultural heritage and how these can benefit the business development in the area.

  • Kristina D. Christiansen, (Faroe Islands)
  • Hans Harmsen, National Museum Nuuk (Greenland)
  • Anders Karlsson, Technical Manager, Vega Municipality (Norway)

SESSION 4 – Perspectives from outside

Concrete experiences from the outside, which tell about how the status as a UNESCO site has affected local areas. We hear about specific cases, but also about larger and more general thoughts in this connection, including good and less good experiences with administration and about what challenges have arisen and how these have been resolved.

  • Tove Damholt, Head of the World Heritage Office, Stevns Klint (Denmark)
  • Daniela Cox, (Galapagos Islands)
  • Inga Burton, (Orkney Islands)

SESSION 5 – Current potentials for development

Authorities and stakeholders discuss perspectives and potential for development at local, national and international level, as well as from a business and entrepreneurial perspective.

  • Einar Á.E.Sæmundsen, Director Thingvellir National Park. Chair of the Nordic World Heritage Association (Iceland)
  • Armgarð Weihe, Adviser, Ministry of Culture (Faroe Islands) 
  • nn (Norway)


SESSION 6 – Workshop, conclusion