WAC Comments on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework Draft PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:26

World Archaeological Congress Comments and Suggestions for Additions and Amendments:

‘World Bank Environmental and Social Framework First Draft for Consultation July 30, 2014’

The World Bank has published its policy paper ‘First Draft of Environmental and Social Fraework’ for the purpose of public consultation for the period between July 2014 and early 2015. For more information, see:


The downloadable document can be found at:


The document includes the section entitled: ‘Environmental and Social Standard 8. Cultural Heritage’ (pp. 84-88). The WAC Executive Committee studied this section carefully and found that it does not sufficiently take into account the importance of Indigenous representation, laws, and value systems, particularly those pertaining to land rights, sovereignty, and unique perceptions of the environment. We are particularly concerned with the first draft’s lack of attention to the pre-consultation with local, descendant and Indigenous communities that must occur before launching World Bank-sponsored projects. We also find that the document fails to acknowledge the sensorial, perceptible and cosmological contexts for artifacts, landscapes and other natural features, which are increasingly recognised as important constitutive elements of cultural heritage.


Based on this finding, the WAC Executive compiled the following document:
World Archaeological Congress Comments and Suggestions for Additions and Amendments: ‘World Bank Environmental and Social Framework First Draft for Consultation July 30, 2014.

This document was submitted to the World Bank. A downloadable PDF version of the document can be found in ‘View Comments’ section at:


You can also find comments and suggestions submitted by individuals and other learned communities there as well. We encourage our members to study the document and submit their own comments and suggestions in addition to the document below.


Koji Mizoguchi


The President of World Archaeological Congress


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Archaeologists Without Borders PDF Print E-mail
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Archaeologists Without Borders is a unique endeavor aimed at supporting archaeological education and training in economically disadvantaged countries and strengthening regional networks of students in archaeology. Through a network of training programs, WAC members in different parts of the world may travel to the host institutions of other WAC members to provide educational opportunities, and to learn from the archaeological communities they visit. This program derives from the WAC mission to foster international academic interaction, and to redress economic barriers to education about archaeology.

The World Archaeological Congress provides support for students from the host country and neighbouring countries to attend lectures, workshops and other events. The host university is expected to provide accommodation, food and ground transport for the guest lecturer, and the guest lecturer is expected to provide their expertise in a voluntary capacity. Scholars from the first world are encouraged to finds outside support to cover the cost of international airfare, where possible, though WAC may also provide this support.

The Archaeologists Without Borders program is being trialled in 2009, in Nigeria and Colombia. It was was run at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria 18-22 February, Professor Peter Schmidt (University of Florida, U.S.A.) presented the 9th Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture on the topic of African Archaeology and the Ancestors'. The Archaeologists Without Borders program was run at Santa Marta, Colombia, 22-29 May, in collaboration with the Fulbright Commission, the Colombian Society of Archaeology and the University of the Magdalena. A workshop "Current archaeological Theory" was led by Professor Joan Gero of the American University, Washington DC. Future developments of the program will be developed based on these trials.

Participation in this program is open to WAC members only.

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World Archaeological Congress applauds the removal of a Tjuringa stone from Canterbury Auction Galleries sale PDF Print E-mail
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