Sustainability

“Our Sustainable Heritage: World Heritage conservation as a more sustainable form of development”

The implementation of the WH Convention today does not achieve a true alignment between protection of Outstanding Universal Value and sustainable development, allowing misinterpretations of the latter to undermine the former. An improved understanding and practice of interpreting, assessing and managing development in WH sites is urgently needed to remedy this situation.

World Heritage is a medium to achieve our transformation into more locally empowered, just and resilient societies. Development processes can and should be reconfigured to fully reflect the contribution of heritage conservation, in a more sustainable form of development grounded in Outstanding Universal Value, managed with transparency, dialogue and understanding.

The criteria to inscribe and manage World Heritage need to fully incorporate sustainability. This will ensure conservation for the future, through globally shared values and multiple ways of knowing (Indigenous and non-Indigenous).

Cultural heritage WITH Natural heritage WITH Society:
PEOPLE: Sustainability of custodial capacity, through building communities’ “social capital” and strengthening the governance system, with a focus on civil society and communities, to ensure transparency, communication, mutual respect and dialogue in managing development;
PLANET: Sustainability of the landscape-environment, bridging the culture-nature divide, putting conservation in wider ecological and social contexts, reducing the risks of environmental degradation and climate change;
PROSPERITY: Sustainability of the local economy, engaging with the interaction between protecting heritage and economic growth, and clarifying the relationships among heritage, modernity and economic development, with a focus on reciprocal benefits.

FROM THE REGIONAL TO THE GLOBAL APPROACH: CASE STUDIES

The OWH Sustainability Team has made a global call for case studies in February 2021. Over 150 applications were received, and 60 case studies were selected, which exemplify good practices, challenges and opportunities in the sustainable management of heritage sites. We will present the outcomes of these discussions on July 15, 16 and 24.
Read more / find the full list of case studies here >>

YOUTH SURVEY

“Living more sustainably” What does that actually mean to you? Are you an optimist or not? Do you think that enough is being done to protect our heritage? We are collecting opinions from young generations from all over the world, and we hope to hear your voice too! Please find the link to the survey in the bio!

Go to the survey, it is translated to 13 languages! >>

PS: are you a teacher? We are happy to provide you with more information to make this subject attractive to your students!

PAST EVENTS

SESSION 1: INAUGURAL SESSION: OUR WORLD HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABILITY >>
SESSION 2: HERITAGE AS A DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY >>
SESSION 3: HERITAGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE >>
SESSION 4: PARTNERING THROUGH CULTURE, HERITAGE AND ART FOR RESILIENT & INCLUSIVE RECOVERY (UN HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM SIDE EVENT) >>
SESSION 5: INDIGENOUS FORUM 1 >>
SESSION 6: FROM SINGULAR HERITAGE TO INTEGRAL CATEGORIES: FROM HERITAGE TO HERITAGE LANDSCAPE >>
SESSION 7: INDIGENOUS FORUM 2 >>
SESSION 8: FROM THE REGIONAL TO THE GLOBAL APPROACH: CASE STUDIES 1 >>
SESSION 9: FROM THE REGIONAL TO THE GLOBAL APPROACH: CASE STUDIES 2 >>
SESSION 10: HERITAGE AS A LANGUAGE OF INCLUSION >>
SESSION 11: ALTERNATIVE SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE MODELS FOR WH >>
SESSION 12: TOURISM AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE HERITAGE >>
SESSION 13: FROM THE REGIONAL TO THE GLOBAL APPROACH: CASE STUDIES. PLENARY DISCUSSION >>
SESSION 14: RECOMMENDATION FOR HERITAGE SITES LISTING PROCESS: THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY >>
SESSION 15: INTEGRATION OF THE REGIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF WH CONVENTION >>
SESSION 16: YOUTH FORUM >>

ORGANISERS

Ege Yildirim, Coordinator

Ege Yildirim, Coordinator

Heritage Planner

HERITAGE PLANNER Dr. Ege Yildirim is an urban planner and heritage conservation specialist with 20+ years of experience working in Turkey and internationally. Her work focuses on on heritage policy and governance; UNESCO World Heritage; and sustainable development. Based in Istanbul since 2013, she is an independent consultant and scholar. Her previous work includes positions of conservation planner at KA-BA Architecture Ltd, Ankara (200-06); conservation coordinator at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (2008-12); consultant and Site Manager of the Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu (2014-2020); and Key Expert in the EU-Turkey Anatolian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Institute project, Gaziantep (2019). Ege was a Fulbright Scholar at Pratt Institute, New York (2006-07) and a J.M. Kaplan Fellow at Koç University, Istanbul (2013). Most recently, she has served as the ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN SDGs (2016-2020).

Rubén Pesci, Co-Convener

Rubén Pesci, Co-Convener

FLACAM (Foro Latinoamericano de Ciencias Ambientales)

RUBÉN PESCI. Recognised initiator in Latin America of thought and action with environmental criteria, he founded the CEPA Foundation in La Plata in 1974, the first environmental NGO in the Region. Doctorate in Madrid in Sustainability and Urban Regeneration, he is one of the top developers of urban projects and plans in Latin America. Forty cities (metropolis, large and small cities) were designed with his leadership. He created and developed the concept of Ambitectura (building inspired by the environment) that he has applied to countless works of architecture, urban design and development. He has received many awards and distinctions, among which include: • Illustrious citizen of La Plata (2018) • International Citizen, Cuernavaca (2017) • Illustrious graduate of the National University of La Plata (2016) • First Prize in Urban Planning, College of Architects of the Province of Buenos Aires (2008) • Second Prize “New Town of Clarendon” Competition, Jamaica, International Union of Architects (2000) • Director UNESCO / FLACAM Chair for Sustainable Development (1995 and continues) • President of FLACAM (Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences) 1990 and continues. He has been working on La Plata and its region since 1980, especially on projects for the strategic development of the region and the consideration of La Plata as world heritage.

Lucia Pesci, Co-Convener

Lucia Pesci, Co-Convener

Executive Vice President and Academic Coordinator FLACAM (Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences)

PhD candidate in Urbanism (UPC-Spain), Master in Sustainable Development (UNLa-FLACAM) (Thesis submitted). Executive Vice President and Academic Coordinator of FLACAM / Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences - UNESCO Chair / Unitwin Network for Sustainable Development. Vice President of the CEPA Foundation (Centers for Environmental Studies and Projects). Director of Consultora CEPA S.A. She is also Technical Secretary of the Chair in Sustainability Policies UNLP and teacher of the Specialization and Master's Degree in Sustainable Development developed by FLACAM, together with UNLa (National University of Lanús, Argentina). As part of CEPA and FLACAM, he has participated in more than fifty projects in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico and Spain. His professional practice covers the following fields: sustainable urban and territorial development, urban and territorial planning. strategic planning, sustainable tourism planning, urban and regional plans, planning and management of the erritory, heritage and landscape, cultural landscapes, environmental projects; and formulation, management and evaluation of sustainable development projects. She has participated and coordinated multiple plans, programs and projects, as a geographer and an expert in land, heritage and landscape management. She is also a researcher in the topics of her expertise mentioned above.

Rualdo Menegat, Co-Convener

Rualdo Menegat, Co-Convener

FLACAM President and Director of the UNESCO-Unitwin Network Chair for Sustainable Development

Professor in the Geosciences Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brasil), geologist, Master in Geosciences, Doctor of Science in Landscape Ecology, Doctor Honoris Causa (UPAB, Peru). Scientific Vice President of the Latin American Forum on Environmental Sciences (FLACAM)-Unesco/Unitwin Chair, Member of the International Commission on History of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and President of the Brazilian Session of the International Association for Geoethics. Co-leader for Latin America of the international project Geology and Society of IGCP UNESCO-IUGS, visiting professor at the University of Lanús (Argentina). He coordinated several research projects and published many articles in specialized journals, books and chapters. He was the General Coordinator of the Environmental Atlas of Porto Alegre (Brasil), outstanding work in international literature. Introduced in the city of Porto Alegre new methodologies of environmental education through the Laboratory of Intelligence of the Urban Environment, was a pioneer in studies of the Epistemology of Geology and Geoarchaeology and Ethnogeology in Brazil. His research about Machu Picchu's intentional construction on geological faults had significant international repercussions. Most recent projects include the Torotoro Andean Geopark aspirant Unesco in Bolivia.

Pamela Durán Díaz, Co-Convener

Pamela Durán Díaz, Co-Convener

FLACAM Team Member and Senior Scientific Researcher on Land Management at the Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Dr. Pamela Durán Díaz is an architect holding a PhD in Urbanism and a postdoc in Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes. She is a scientific researcher at the Technical University of Munich and international coordinator of the Doctoral and Master's Programme Land Management and Geospatial Science, with participants from all around the globe. Project Manager of ADLAND "Advancing Collaborative Research in Responsible and Smart Land Management in and for Africa", a consortium of 6 partner universities in collaboration with the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) and financed by GIZ. She is a founder member of the research groups inLAB: Territory and Urban Artefact in Germany and Mexico and Ginna Kanda in Spain, and lecturer in UNESCO Chair FLACAM (Foro Latinoamericano de Ciencias Ambientales, Argentina). She has been guest lecturer and speaker in several Seminars, Congresses and Universities around the world. Her research projects use urban planning and land management tools to generate intervention strategies, in which the natural and built environments are as important as built and intangible heritage, hence the local culture acts as a catalyst for development.

Maria Virginia Avila, Team Member

Maria Virginia Avila, Team Member

Independent Consultant and Researcher

MA. of Organizations of the Cultural and Creative Sector. (UBA, Argentina) Graduated in Political Ecology from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and degree in economics science . She works as an independent consultant in the public and private sector focused on the development of comprehensive management strategies. Her research is oriented to the role of social responsibility from a socio-ecological perspective in the cultural sector.

Debora Barros, Team Member

Debora Barros, Team Member

Architect and Building Conservation Specialist (United States)

Debora Barros is an architect and preservationist with experience in New York, the United Kingdom and Brazil. She holds a MSc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Certificate in Conservation of Archaeological Sites from the Università degli Studi di Firenze. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute’s Historic Preservation Program and Associate at PBDW Architects where she manages prominent adaptive reuse and conservation projects. While in the UK, she worked as a heritage consultant in Manchester and London for complex public and private projects. She leads educational tours for the study of Modern architecture in Brazil and is interested in Sustainable Heritage as a catalyst for local community development and capacity building for the preservation of traditional building techniques.

Jana Das Chaudhuri, Team Member

Jana Das Chaudhuri, Team Member

Architect and Heritage Management Professional (India)

Jana Das Chaudhuri is an architect and heritage management professional with experience of twenty years in both private and public sector in India in the field of urban heritage. While in the Delhi Development Authority, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, she worked in close collaboration with national and international agencies in dealing with heritage management and policy issues that surrounded the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Delhi. Jana is passionate about research in policy matters and is abreast with new heritage management approaches around the globe. She was awarded with the Fulbright Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship to pursue research in the United States. Jana has conceptualized Institute of Heritage Research, a think tank for policy research on heritage management and working towards building the institution. The main thrust areas of the institute include innovation through policy research in sustainability and new approaches to urban heritage management.

Gioia Maria Estefania, Team Member

Gioia Maria Estefania, Team Member

Ph.D. Candidate, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Argentinian-Italian Architect. Ph.D. Candidate in 'Urban Planning, Design and Policy' at Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on strategic interactions between Global-Local programs, processes and projects through incremental planning and innovative capacity development strategies. As a young professional, she combines academic and teaching experience working with Latin American and European NGOs, Think Tanks, local heritage-based initiatives and local governments dealing with World Heritage, MAB, the World Bank and EU funds. She collaborates with Politecnico di Milano-Mantua UNESCO Chair and FLACAM UNESCO Chair/Unitwin Network for Sustainable Development.

Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Team Member

Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Team Member

Heritage Resources Management Program at Athabasca University (Canada)

Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo is an Associate Professor and Director of the Heritage Resources Management Program at Athabasca University, Canada. She has two decades of national and international experience in heritage conservation theory and practice. She is a member of ICOMOS Canada and its World Heritage Task Group. She was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Updating Canada's Tentative List for World Heritage Sites in 2017. She holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Her PhD dissertation examined World Heritage sites and the challenges of recognition and conservation of cultural landscapes at local, national, and international levels. During her post-doctoral research with the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at Université de Montréal, she examined the application of the values-based approach in the management of cultural places. She continues to research, publish, and present on nature-culture relationships and the role of communities in heritage resources management. Her current research deals with the state of World Heritage sites in Alberta, Canada.

Amy Kowalchuk, Team Member

Amy Kowalchuk, Team Member

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta (Canada)

Amy Kowalchuk is a graduate student at Athabasca University (Canada) studying Heritage Resources Management. While completing her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alberta she participated in an extensive field school in Classical Archaeology near Pisa, Italy. She directed her focus to technical field practice in her current role at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada. Her work has varied from completing field operations in remote localities, to digitizing unique specimens, quarries, and historic sites for scientific research and long-term conservation. Amy developed the first 3D digital program for preservation at the museum while also experimenting with digital techniques to find innovative ways to study fragile and at-risk palaeontological sites. Her work in the Heritage Resources Management program reflects a passion for developing low-impact techniques for site preservation, while also advocating the need to integrate more sustainable processes into conservation practice.

Léo Vignol Lelarge, Team Member

Léo Vignol Lelarge, Team Member

Administrative Intern

International Relations undergraduate at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil, is currently in his last year of college, focusing his thesis on the United's Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Coming from a binational family - brazilian and french - has taken an interest on the international field at an early age, as well as on other languages. Has experience with organizational and administrative positions during academic events on three different occasions, and is also an assiduous attendee of Model United Nations simulations since 2017.

Pankaj Manchanda, Team Member

Pankaj Manchanda, Team Member

Augtraveler platform founder

Pankaj is currently working on his new Start-up venture - ‘Augtraveler’. The Augtraveler platform adopts new age immersive technologies (AR/VR/MR, Geo-location & Analytics) to ‘promote’ and therefore ‘preserve’ the tangible and intangible heritage. The intervention is designed to dovetail into the Tourism business domain – which is one of the top GDP drivers across the globe and at the same time aligns to UN SDGs 11, 8 (12.b) and 4.
His background has been in the Education Technology space for over two decades across US, EU & APAC. He has proven experience in setting up Enterprise level global teams and spearheaded Design, Build and Dissemination of award-winning training/ skilling/ performance support-based systems for a myriad set of target audiences across the globe. 

In the context of his current project, he has also been engaged with ICOMOS fraternity. He is part of the global working groups of ICOMOS SDGs and an expert member on ICOMOS ICTC.

Yapeng Ou, Team Member

Yapeng Ou, Team Member

Independent researcher (China)

Yapeng Ou is a researcher in rural-urban regeneration, innovation economies, and sustainable development. He is co-editor of a thematic book on global irrigated rural landscapes. He is a member of Interim Steering Committee of UNESCO GYC. Ou was representative at 11th UNESCO Youth Forum, Global Landscapes Forum, and World Heritage Young Professionals Forum. He was consultant at WHC on Retrospective Inventory Project and transboundary world heritage, and member of Italian Organising Committee of 18th ICOMOS-GA and collaborated on publication of conference proceedings. Ou holds a PhD in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development and Erasmus Mundus Master in Cultural Landscapes Management.

Anna-Paola Pola, Team Member

Anna-Paola Pola, Team Member

Director Urban Planning and Researcher, WHITRAP Shanghai (China)

Anna-Paola Pola is an architect holding a PhD in Urbanism, specialising in urban conservation and sustainable urban/rural development. She is Director of Urban Planning, Research fellow and Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Category II Centre, WHITRAP Shanghai. She works as a planning consultant for local governments, institutions and NGOs on issues concerning urban conservation and heritage management, with a focus on the sustainable development of small settlements and rural areas. She conducted comparative research on urban conservation plans and worked on post-quake reconstruction.

Luna Rajab

Luna Rajab

Architect, Advocate and Cultural Heritage Expert

Luna is an architect, an advocate and an expert on cultural heritage. She developed a passion for architecture and became a firm believer in the role of architects to preserve heritage being in a country with a history of ancient civilizations, Syria. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Damascus University (1993) and earned a (DESS) from École de Chaillot’s program at the Lebanese University (2000). She is currently a partner and executive manager of ACE, an architectural and engineering company that was founded by her father Louay Rajab (1969). Her influence is mostly noticeable in her passion for civic engagement and her contribution to fundamental issues that can have a real impact on the community. She led, coordinated and executed numerous architectural & cultural heritage works for private and public sectors and for UNESCO, UN-ESCWA, JIZ, DGAM, ADA, MWNF, IUAV, IFPO and others, Member of ICOMOS.

Susan Ross, Team Member

Susan Ross, Team Member

Architect and Associate Professor Carleton University (Canada)

Susan Ross is an Associate professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. She has worked as an architect in Montreal, Berlin and Ottawa, including as senior conservation architect in the federal government. She is an expert member of the ICOMOS ISC-ES, and has been active in sustainable conservation advocacy for nearly two decades, notably with the Association for Preservation Technology. She is co-chair of the National Roundtable on Heritage Education. Her teaching focus is on sustainable heritage conservation theory, policy and practice, historic urban landscape planning, and modern and industrial heritage. Published research includes urban and environmental histories of water supply, public parks, and apartment buildings. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development on Heritage and Waste Values; her current work examines how deconstruction, salvage and reuse can expand the roles of the historic environment in dealing with waste and loss.

Roxanne Skosana, Team Member

Roxanne Skosana, Team Member

Urban Planner and Programme Specialist, African World Heritage Fund (South Africa)

Roxanne Skosana is an experienced Project Manager and Urban Planner with qualifications in Town and Regional Planning and Business Project Management. She has successfully managed various strategic, government development and telecommunication projects from inception to successful completion. She has completed a Masters in International Development with Economics at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and has a keen interest in sustainable development that relates to humanitarianism, technology and the built environment.

Juliana Strogan, Team Member

Juliana Strogan, Team Member

Conservator and Heritage Manager

Juliana Strogan is a conservator and heritage manager. MA. in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development from the University of Torino, bach. in Conservation and Restoration from Instituto Politecnico de Tomar and more than twenty years in conservation, dissemination, management and development of cultural heritage and collections, working at private and public institutions in several countries. Member of ICOMOS Norway Scientific Committee and head of the National Committee for Industrial Heritage. Currently the head manager for the World Heritage Site Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage in Norway, coordinating the work of the several authorities and stakeholders involved in the management of the site. She has been using her diverse experience to design efficient development projects and strategies that give heritage a central place in the value creation chain, anchoring the “wellbeing” of the cultural and natural assets to the quality of life of the local community. Her practice focuses on heritage-based inclusive social and economic development and participatory approaches.

Lui Tam, Team Member

Lui Tam, Team Member

PhD Candidate, Cardiff University (UK)

Lui Tam is currently a PhD candidate at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. She obtained her MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at KU Leuven, Belgium. She initially studied building archaeology at the School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University in Beijing, during which she developed a deep passion for cultural heritage. She initiated her career at Tsinghua Cultural Heritage Conservation Centre (CHCC) as a conservation planner in China. Her practice and research interests focus on cultural heritage in Asia, including heritage management and adaptive reuse in China, heritage tourism and sustainable community development in the WH site of Luang Prabang, Laos. Her PhD research focuses on the sustainable heritage management of early timber architecture in China, exploring an innovative theoretical and strategic framework regarding heritage and sustainability.

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, Team Member

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, Team Member

International Cultural Centre in Kraków (Poland)

Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik director of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków since January 2, 2018. She graduated art history at the Jagiellonian University (1996). Scholarships at the Catholic University of Leuven (1997), the US Department of State (2004), and Tokyo University for Foreign Studies (2017). She finished the Academy of Leadership Psychology post-graduate study, run by Values Consulting Group together with the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (2015–2016). At the ICC since 1996. She is a member of the Art Historians Association, the Society of Friends of History and Monuments of Krakow, the International Council of Museums ICOM, and member of the Boards of: the Ethnographic Museum of Krakow (2013-2021) and the Museum of Photography in Krakow (2020-2024). In 2018 she was awarded Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit and in 2020 Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania.

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