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Balancing development and conservation in Grand-Bassam (Côte d’Ivoire) Historic Town of Grand-Bassam Côte d'Ivoire The inscription of the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam on the World Heritage List has provided new opportunities to promote sustainable development in the city. From the creation of a local World Heritage management ... Climate Change
Environment & Resilience
Prosperity & Livelihood
Developing a new methodology for urban regeneration: the ROCK project in Bologna (Italy) The Porticoes of Bologna Italy A pilot project to enhance public spaces using participatory processes helped to identify key lessons which can be later applied to other areas and cities. Knowledge & Skills 2023-02-16
Setting up a World Heritage management framework in Kyiv (Ukraine) Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Ukraine A new, unified buffer zone and a management plan aim to preserve the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage site “Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” and ... Environment & Resilience 2023-02-16
Conservation as a driver for development: the case of Vigan (Philippines) Historic City of Vigan Philippines Along with the nomination process of the Historic City of Vigan as a World Heritage site in 1999, the local government developed an ambitious conservation and management plan for the site. By implementing this ... Prosperity & Livelihood 2023-02-16
Monitoring the implementation of the World Heritage Management and Action Plan in the Historic Centre of Florence ... Historic Centre of Florence Italy An innovative initiative employs the Sustainable Development Goals as monitoring tools to track the contribution of heritage-related initiatives towards sustainable development.  Environment & Resilience
Knowledge & Skills
Conservation and revitalisation programme of Ancient City of Ping Yao (China) Ancient City of Ping Yao China Through innovative management and financing models and a combination of conservation actions aimed at both tangible and intangible heritage, the programme aims to make a contribution to the long-term sustainability ... Environment & Resilience
Inclusion & Participation
Developing sustainable rural tourism in San Gimignano (Italy) Historic Centre of San Gimignano Italy In reaction to the sharp increase in incoming visitors over the last decades, San Gimignano has developed several initiatives to support jobs and local livelihoods while respecting the town’s cultural heritage, ... Prosperity & Livelihood 2023-02-16
Establishing a dialogue between site management and residents in the Historic Centre of Salzburg (Austria) Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg Austria A community engagement programme has provided key data and inputs for the sustainable development of the World Heritage site.  Inclusion & Participation 2023-02-16
Consulting with community to understand heritage values during the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne (Australia) Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Australia In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Heritage site “Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens” began a process to review its World Heritage Management Plan. The review process began with a community ... Inclusion & Participation 2023-02-16
Polo del '900: an inclusive, multi-functional cultural centre in downtown Turin (Italy) Residences of the Royal House of Savoy Italy The model of the Polo del 900 proposes collaboration as a solution for institutional and cultural fragmentation which forms the core of a new ecology of creative cultural systems and puts community at the core of ... Environment & Resilience
Gender Equality
Inclusion & Participation
Knowledge & Skills
Local management system of the Historic Town of Guanajuato (Mexico) Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines Mexico The system includes a new local coordination office dedicated to the conservation and sustainable development of the historic centre. Environment & Resilience 2023-02-16
Atlas World Heritage: sharing knowledge and skills amongst European World Heritage cities Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
Historic Centre of Florence
Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
France · Italy · Portugal · Spain · United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The initiative Atlas World Heritage brings together the cities of Florence, Santiago de Compostela, Edinburgh, Oporto, Bordeaux to share their experiences and strategies to safeguard the sites’ OUV. The project has ... Knowledge & Skills 2023-02-16
From port city to World Heritage site: case study of George Town (Malaysia) Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca Malaysia The multi-cultural historic city of George Town developed a strategy to build on its rich and diverse cultural heritage as a resource for local development and livelihoods after its free trade port status was ... Inclusion & Participation 2023-02-16
Creating a shared framework in the serial World Heritage property of Mantua and Sabbioneta (Italy) Mantua and Sabbioneta Italy In order to improve the coordination between the two component cities of this serial property, the Municipalities of Mantua and Sabbioneta have created a central management office. This office is in charge of ... Environment & Resilience 2023-02-16
Promoting local development through heritage conservation and enhancement and tourism in the Island of Saint-Louis ... Island of Saint-Louis Senegal After the World Heritage Committee warned in 2016 that the poor state of conservation of the property could lead to its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger, a number of local, national and ... Environment & Resilience
Prosperity & Livelihood
Community-centred revitalisation of Souq al-Silah in Cairo (Egypt) Historic Cairo Egypt A long-standing project has been working to revitalise a commercial street in the historic district of Darb al-Ahmar and reconnect the local community with their cultural heritage. The project, developed with help ... Gender Equality
Inclusion & Participation
Knowledge & Skills
Prosperity & Livelihood
Community-led urban planning in Durham (United Kingdom) Durham Castle and Cathedral United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The City of Durham Neighbourhood Plan was developed between 2014 and 2021 following a comprehensive community-centred approach, which included a Neighbourhood Forum, extensive consultations and a public referendum. ... Environment & Resilience
Inclusion & Participation
Participatory budgeting in Trogir (Croatia) Historic City of Trogir Croatia The participatory budgeting and decision-making model enables local residents to decide on the application of part of the city’s budget and the practical initiatives to be carried out in their city.   Inclusion & Participation 2022-06-27
Challenges and opportunities of historic urban centres: case study of the Medina of Tunis (Tunisia) Medina of Tunis Tunisia To protect this historic site at the centre of a bustling metropolis and promote its sustainable development, several actions are addressing the preservation and promotion of its cultural heritage.   Environment & Resilience 2022-06-27
Avebury Residents’ Pack: bringing together diverse stakeholders in Avebury (United Kingdom) Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The Avebury Residents' Pack, developed between 2006 and 2008 by the local world heritage management office, aimed to reconnect the local communities with the archaeological sites in the village, bringing together ... Inclusion & Participation 2022-06-27