2021-02-15 Tourism & World Heritage Sites: Better Synergies – PART III

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Monday, February 15th, 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 (UTC) on ZOOM
Language: English

TOURISM & WORLD HERITAGE SITES :
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BETTER SYNERGIES #3
IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE OURWORLDHERITAGE INITIATIVE

Some 100 draft recommendations for various target groups (national and local governments; UN organisations/agencies, World Heritage Committee, UNESCO, Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, IUCN & ICCROM), NGOs, local inhabitant associations, universities/research institutes, tourism industry etc.), have been gathered from around the world through the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network on Culture, Tourism and Development, which called for policy recommendations on how tourism and heritage conservation can contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The 3-part event organized on February 1st, 8th and15th, aims at discussing a series of recommendations that have been suggested by different academics and stakeholders on new approaches concerning tourism to WH sites to benchmark better standards for other heritage sites.


Moderators
Maria GRAVARI-BARBAS, Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Minja YANG, RLICC/KUL Emeritus & ex-UNESCO
Participants
Sylvia AULET, Girona University; Dominique VANNESTE, KUL; Fekri HASSAN, French University of Egypt; Nuria MORERE, JCU; Suzana PATARO, Jane Goodall Institute, Zachary JONES, Politecnico di Milano.


Informations : maria.gravari-barbas@wanadoo.fr
https://www.facebook.com/OurWorldHeritageTourism


Registrations : https://www.ourworldheritage.org/t_events/

PROGRAMME
INTRODUCTIONS:
Maria GRAVARI-BARBAS & Minja YANG
Rationale and methodology of the collection of recommendations.
SESSIONS:

3.1. Recommendations for tourism as a contributor for poverty alleviation


Tourism can greatly contribute to poverty alleviation towards the attainment of SDG#1 on Poverty. This however requires identification, expansion and management of resources through a bottom up approach, taking into consideration a complex range of site-specific, local and national level issues within the realities of the dominant global order.


Presenters:

  • Dominique Vanneste, KU Leuven: Capacity building and skill transfer
  • Fekri Hassan, French University of Egypt: Engagement of communities in mutually profitable heritage tourismrelated economic pursuits
  • Q&A session

3.2. Recommendations against illegal traffic and effective protection of heritage properties


Heritage still faces important challenges from illegal traffic, vandalism and/or poaching. How can tourism become an ally of heritage protection?

Presenters:

  • Nuria Morere, RJCU: Tourism of ‘lost antiquities’ as a tool for protecting archaeological heritage
  • Suzana Pataro, Jane Goodall Foundation: Fight against wildlife trafficking
    Q&A session

3.3. Recommendations for heritage as a means of health and well being


The emergence of the global pandemic caused by COVID19 has led us to question many issues related to health, but also to our style of life. The WHO defines health as a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not just the absence of diseases or illnesses. In 2013, spiritual health was recognized as a fourth dimension. According to some health academics, we are entering a new phase in health that requires a more holistic approach based on inclusiveness, the promotion of social trust and the need for meaningful lives. Tourism and heritage can play an important role in this.


Presenters:

  • Sylvia Aulet, Girona University
  • Suzana Pataro, Jane Goodal Foundation
  • Zachary Zones, Politecnico di Milano
    Q&A session


DEBATE ON TOURISM AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

Tourism is often perceived as a threat to conservation of World Heritage. In fact, tourism is a platform and a vehicle for presenting heritage to the public, conserving it and guaranteeing its economic and social viability. Hence, tourism is in most cases a balancing mechanism that keeps and protects the heritage itself.

The main premise of the TOURISM theme within the OurWorldHeritage initiative is that defining the key principles of Heritage-Tourism reciprocal relations is imperative. Both tourism and heritage sites are exposed nowadays to critical exogenic and endogenic changes. Among these challenges are the ramifications of COVID-19, and the consequent global economic and social crises. Hence, we argue that it is imperative to conceptually and practically pave a way for a major review of these interrelationships. In so doing, we hope to deconstruct old concepts and reconstruct a new collaborative paradigm based on present challenges and on constructive and complementing synergies, which will assure the continuity and resilience and sustainability of heritage and tourism alike.


Other sessions:
PART I: Monday, February 01st, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC+1) on ZOOM
PART II: Monday, February 08th, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC+1) on ZOOM