The HIA evaluated the potential negative impacts of the N-Road Development, a proposed highway link to al-Medina al-Shamaliya in the Northern Governorate of Bahrain. As an urgent response to a request by UNESCO and ICOMOS, think heritage! was commissioned to conduct the HIA which included complete screening, baseline surveys, impact assessment, and preparation of mitigation and adaptation measures. The HIA comprises evaluations of various heritage expressions including archaeology, underwater archaeology, architecture, agricultural and maritime heritage, as well as intangible heritage.
The HIA evaluated the potential negative impacts on heritage resources of two alternative road connectivity development proposals in the Northern Governorate of Bahrain. The two project proposals that were assessed are an underground road tunnel in the intertidal zone within the buffer zone of the World Heritage Site Qal’at al-Bahrain: Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun as well as an alternative road corridor and bridge along the south-western and western borders of the buffer zone. think heritage! was asked to conduct a rapid HIA for the project proposals at an extremely accelerated pace in order for the State Party of Bahrain to be able to seek a preliminary approval for the development from UNESCO in the same year. think heritage! completed an intensive desk-study as well as comprehensive field surveys, in addition to preparing the impact assessment and recommendations for adaptation and mitigation measures.
The HIA evaluated the potential negative impacts of the AB pipeline project in the Southern Governorate of Bahrain. Think Heritage was asked to conduct the HIA for the original as well as the adjusted pipeline corridor and complete screening, baseline surveys, impact assessment, as well as preparation of mitigation and adaptation measures.
think heritage! developed the integrated management and conservation plan for the World Heritage Site of Qal’at al Bahrain which compiles management documentation according to the requirements of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention for submission to the World Heritage Committee. The management plan includes a vision for the World Heritage Site and Strategic Objectives which provide guidance and inspiration for the overall management system. The management plan is designed as a strategic planning instrument which gives management and conservation guidance to the site administration through long-term strategies, mid-term project management processes and short-term action plans. Moreover, the team of think heritage! outlined the financial and personnel needs for successful site management and presented suggestions for improvement of management, conservation and presentation of the site.
think heritage! prepared the proposal of a minor boundary modification to the property and buffer zone boundaries of Qal’at al-Bahrain: Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun World Heritage Site. This modification consists of an extension to include the palm groves and agricultural areas around the archaeological site within the property boundary and a revised buffer zone adequate to the protection of the enlarged property. The purpose of the extension is to ensure that all attributes identified in the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value are included in the property boundaries and are protected and managed as part of the World Heritage Site. The World Heritage Committee approved the minor boundary modification in 2014, in its 38th session.
think heritage! was contracted to prepare the nomination dossier and management plan for the Dilmun Burial Mounds, which aims to inscribe this extraordinary 4000-years old site on the World Heritage List. The nomination dossier follows the strict specifications of UNESCO and includes, beside others, a detailed description of the serial site, an extensive comparative analysis, the statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and a comprehensive report on the state of conservation. The management plan aims to provide a practical tool for all individuals and authorities that are directly or indirectly involved with the management, preservation, presentation, or maintenance of the Dilmun Burial Mounds. think heritage! developed a framework of actions and policies that allow addressing challenges in an effective and appropriate way. The management plan moreover provides for the monitoring and quality assessment of the results achieved. The nomination dossier and associated management plan will be submitted to UNESCO by 1st of February 2016 in order to be discussed at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting in 2017.
The National Heritage Strategy aims to provide a vision and a strategic planning tool for the national heritage of Bahrain for a timeframe of 15 years. think heritage! developed various strategies to protect the distinct heritage of Bahrain, to raise knowledge and understanding, to improve physical and intellectual access, and to increase human capacity in the sector. The National Heritage Strategy is an inclusive and holistic tool that acknowledges all heritage expressions including terrestrial and underwater archaeology, architecture, urban heritage, cultural landscapes, intangible heritage, as well as movable heritage.