“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.
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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.
Jana Das Chaudhuri, Team MemberArchitect 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.
Pamela Durán Díaz, Team MemberSenior 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.
Gioia Maria Estefania, Team MemberPh.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 MemberHeritage 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 MemberRoyal 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.
Anna-Paola Pola, Team MemberDirector 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.
Roxanne Skosana, Team MemberUrban 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.
Lui Tam, Team MemberPhD 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.