Heritage Values are People’s Values; it is with and for communities that we preserve and develop heritage places.
heritage and landscape specialist
Nicole Bolomey is a heritage and landscape specialist with over 20 years of professional experience in planning, conservation, urban and rural development, and 10 years working on development issues in Africa and Asia for UNESCO.
Nicole’s special interest is in cultural landscapes and the importance of involving communities and respecting their values in any heritage initiative. She worked on World Heritage Sites, sometimes involving indigenous communities, where she discovered the importance of dialogue and conflict transformation in heritage preservation.
These days, Nicole works as Director International at the Andreas Hermes Akademie in Bonn, Germany, focusing on training and capacity building of rural actors in Africa and Asia.
Nicole played an important role in the projects that were set up between the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Government of Zanzibar and AAmatters, first as project coordinator for UNESCO Dar es Salaam and later as independent consultant. As such she helped forming the basis and was responsible for part of the coordination of Ng'ambo Tuitakayo and advised on projects like Finding Stories, Ng'ambo Housing Research and the Ng'ambo Atlas, as well as Hifadhi Zanzibar.