Sri Lankan heritage professionals trained in Rotterdam

From 20 to 31 August the training on Urban Heritage Strategies for Sri Lankan professionals is held in Rotterdam. The central topic of this tailor-made training is the sustainable regeneration of the historical Fort and Pettah area in Colombo. The training covers themes like heritage management, public-private partnerships, local economics, gentrification and adaptive reuse. The participants will present their final findings in the Mandeville building 14th floor on Friday afternoon 31 August from 13:30 hrs.

Heritage is an important asset for urban development. When positioned in the right way it can contribute to economic prosperity, social cohesion, eco-efficiency as well as cultural and historical identity. For that reason, the United Nations have included heritage in their Sustainable Development Goals. By organizing this training this topical cultural challenge is met.

Capacity Building

The training on Urban Heritage Strategies for Sri Lankan Professionals wants to build the capacity of the participants in terms of knowledge and skills regarding these topics. In addition, it wants to stimulate the exchange of expertise between the practising professionals. The course will be attended by 17 participants from different Sri Lankan ministries. Among them are architects, urban planners, policy officers and archaeologists.


This course is a joint endeavour of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, and is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka. It is executed as part of the International Cultural Policy of the Netherlands.

More information

Contact – not for publication

Remco Vermeulen, course coordinator

Go to the Urban Heritage Strategies thematic area on the website.

Photo credit: Rasika Kahandagamage