NSCCT Rules of governance

The Cultural Tourism National Scientific Committee was convened in July 2010, and in February 2012 in adherence with the Dubrovnik-Valletta Principles, the subcommittee was disbanded and immediately reformed as a National Scientific Committee (NSC). The structure of the NSC now reflects that of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee (ISC). This NSC has a set of Rules of Governance which have been approved by the Executive of ICOMOS Ireland.

 

Rules of the Cultural Tourism National Scientific Committee of ICOMOS IRELAND 

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ESTABLISHMENT

The National Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism (to be known as Cultural Tourism NSC, but for the purpose of clarity within these Rules hereinafter called the Committee) was established in July 2010, and formally convened as a National Scientific Committee in February 2012. These Rules, which were approved by the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland, determine the objectives of the Committee and the scope of its activities.

 

 


OBJECTIVE

The objective of the Committee, consistent with the aims of ICOMOS International, is to facilitate and encourage dialogue between conservation interests and the tourism industry in Ireland to ensure that tourism is being promoted and managed in ways that are authentic, and both respect and conserve our heritage places, collections and living cultures.  The NSC can offer advice and promote best practice examples from around the world of tourism projects with conservation focus or outcome.

 

 


ACTIVITIES

The activities of the Committee are regulated by the Statutes of ICOMOS International, and the Memorandum and Articles of Association of ICOMOS Ireland. The activities of the Committee are also informed by the Charters, Principles and Documents of ICOMOS;

To accomplish its objective the activities shall be conducted in accordance with a Programme of Work and shall include in particular but not be limited to:

  • Facilitation of lectures, workshops and meetings in accordance with its  objectives; 
  • compilation of  a compendium or toolkit of initiatives/ideas on best practice in cultural tourism from the Irish context, which will complement the ISC work objective for the triennium to develop a cultural tourism compendium;
  • Identification of individuals and organisations on the international scene that have developed techniques to fully assess the value of heritage (both social and economic values);
  • Presentation of Irish and international best practice initiatives on cultural tourism for promotion to government ministers, departments and organisations;
  • To contribute, where appropriate, to ICOMOS Ireland reports, advocacy campaigns and other correspondence, such as the National Committee’s writing to Government to outline the case for the establishment of a specific Heritage Lottery Fund;
  • "Investigation of feasibility of NSC delivering targeted cultural tourism projects itself or in partnership with others";
  • Collaboration with ICOMOS Ireland NSCs, ICOMOS International, ICTC, and with any other relevant bodies, government agencies or institutions whose work and mission is aligned to the objective of the Committee;
  • Provision of a platform for dialogue and cooperation between professionals, experts, academics and students of cultural heritage through meetings, conferences, workshops, lectures and other appropriate activities to further the objectives of the Committee;
  • Acting as a combining link between the scientific work performed at the national level and the scientific work performed at the international level;
  • Reporting to the National Committee of ICOMOS Ireland; and any other objectives as determined in each annual programme of work of the Committee.

 

 


MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to all ICOMOS Ireland members who should indicate their interest to the Committee of the Cultural Tourism NSC.

Their application will be processed at the next available opportunity.   

The Committee shall establish a membership roll. 

Criteria for participation:  Any member who fails to participate in the activities of the Committee for a period of three years will be removed from the membership roll.

Members of the Committee may invite a non- ICOMOS member to participate in any of its activities but office holders must be members of ICOMOS Ireland.

 

 


ADMINISTRATION

The Committee takes its decisions by majority vote of the members present at its meetings.

Meetings of the committee shall be held not less than twice annually.

Out of the members, the Committee shall elect a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary.

The elected members are responsible for the preparation of the Committee’s meetings, the implementation of the Committee’s decisions, the preparation of the election process and the preparation and submission of the Annual Report.

The Committee shall adopt and submit a Programme of Work in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.

The Committee shall compile and submit an Annual Report in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.

 

 


FINANCING

The members of the Committee themselves fund their own participation in the activities of the Committee.

Any special activities or events organised by the Committee shall be financed by funds allocated by ICOMOS Ireland from its annual budget, and application shall be made to the executive of ICOMOS Ireland for any funding request.

Funds may be obtained by the Committee on its own initiative, on behalf of ICOMOS Ireland, from International and National organisations and by funds from any other source provided by way of gift, bequest, donation or sponsorship towards the achievement of the objectives of the Committee. 

Any funds raised by the committee shall be held and managed by the Treasurer of ICOMOS Ireland.

 

 


MISCELLANEOUS

The Committee shall be bound by the principles of Irish law.

These Rules may only be changed by a 2/3 majority vote of the members of the Committee.

Nothing in these rules shall be interpreted in a way which is inconsistent with the realisation of the objective of the Committee. 

Any interpretation of these rules should be made in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of ICOMOS Ireland. 

Any disputes over the interpretation of these rules shall be arbitrated by the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland.

The rules enter into force with the approval of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS Ireland. 

 

 


OBJECTIVES OF CULTURAL TOURISM NSC

The objective of the Committee, consistent with the aims of ICOMOS International, is to facilitate and encourage dialogue between conservation interests and the tourism industry in Ireland to ensure that tourism is being promoted and managed in ways that are authentic, and both respect and conserve our heritage places, collections and living cultures.  The NSC can offer advice and promote best practice examples from around the world of tourism projects with conservation focus or outcome.

 

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