the ICOMOS Open Archive: EPrints on Cultural Heritage

 ICOMOS Open Archive: Eprints on Cultural Heritage, a global archive specialising in the conservation and restoration of monuments, sites and landscapes.

It is both the institutional archive of the scientific documentation produced by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and also a subject archive open to the entire international scientific community in the field of heritage conservation. Research institutes, organizations, universities and individual researchers involved in the conservation of cultural heritage and related fields, whether members of ICOMOS or not, are encouraged to make use of and contribute to this global Archive.

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New Brochure of the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain

The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA – School of African Heritage) has published its new information brochure. It was created jointly with ICCROM and presents the school’s mission, objectives, areas of activities, and functions.

The brochure accompanies the fundraising campaign voted by the Member States of ICCROM during the 26th General Assembly in November 2009. The resolution that was unanimously adopted asks ICCROM to increase the EPA fund to 3,000,000 Euros. The EPA Fund is the endowment fund created and managed by ICCROM since 2001. It produces interest to help EPA to cover 40% of its operating budget. The fundraising campaign is still ongoing, and ICCROM is fundraising for the 565,800 Euros needed to reach its goal of 3,000,000 Euros.

EPA was created in 1998 by ICCROM and the University of Abomey-Calavi following the conclusion of the PREMA (PREvention for Museum in Africa) programme. It is located in Porto Novo, Benin.

Formation of IFLA Region of Africa

The International Federation of Landscape Architects is pleased to announce the formation of the IFLA Region of Africa.  This new organization reflects the development and contribution of the profession of landscape architecture inAfrica.  This new Region incorporates national associations from Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia are also represented through individual members.

The new Region was launched at the IFLA Africa Symposium on Landscape Architecture Education and Practice held at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology,Nairobi, Kenya on October 5 -7, 2011.  Six African universities currently offer professional programmes in landscape architecture.  The capacity for the landscape architecture is growing rapidly internationally with university degree programme numbers doubling in the past decade.  Landscape architects are dedicated to the development of sustainable green infrastructure for cities and rural areas through public consultation; design; planning; and the conservation and management of landscapes.

 The agenda for the Region will be formally presented at the IFLA World Congress to be held in Cape Town, South Africain September 2012.