“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.
To be announced soon!
Ege Yildirim, CoordinatorHeritage 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-ConvenerFLACAM (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-ConvenerProfessor and Graduate in Geography (UNLP, Argentina)
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-ConvenerProfessor in the Geosciences Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brasil)
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.