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Dive into Heritage Dive into Heritage is creating an innovative online platform that leverages digital technologies to safeguard and promote World Heritage sites and its related intangible heritage, and transmit it to future ... Science & technology 2024-03-19
“Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System: New steps towards its sustainable conservation” Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System Argentina · Bolivia (Plurinational State of) · Chile · Colombia · Ecuador · Peru The 2021 publication compiles good practices and expert perspectives on the conservation and sustainable management of this serial property, including regarding tangible and intangible heritage conservation, ... Knowledge & Skills 2022-06-27
Adapting the approach of the HUL Recommendation for Indonesian universities Indonesia The 2021 publication Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method. Handbook for Indonesian University Lecturers aims to adapt the HUL Approach to the Indonesian context and promote interdisciplinary learning in ... Knowledge & Skills 2024-04-30
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
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
2023-05-18
Bridging a spatial and social divide through inclusive planning in Zanzibar Town (United Republic of Tanzania) Stone Town of Zanzibar United Republic of Tanzania The multi-level, heritage-based development and spatial plan aims to link the World Heritage site and buffer zone with the wider city context by using town planning as a tool to bridge spatial and social divides. Environment & Resilience
Knowledge & Skills
2023-02-16
Celebrating community and heritage through the George Town Heritage Celebrations (Malaysia) Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca Malaysia The annual celebration features an interactive and educational programme that includes workshops and performances in the streets of the historic city of George Town. Through the Celebrations, the local communities ... Gender Equality
Inclusion & Participation
2022-06-27
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
2023-02-16
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
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
Conserving World Heritage through international partnerships in Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (Saint Kitts ... Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Saint Kitts and Nevis Between 2013 and 2020, an extensive programme of expert surveying, studies and conservation works aimed to reinforce and stabilise the military structures of the World Heritage site. The programme was implemented ... Environment & Resilience 2023-02-16
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
Heritage-based urban planning for Sustainable Development in Gwalior and Orchha (India) India A new initiative aims to implement the approach of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in the Indian cities of Gwalior and Orchha. The project is born out of a collaboration between the ... Environment & Resilience
Knowledge & Skills
2022-06-27
Improving the environmental, cultural and social sustainability of the Historic Centre of Urbino (Italy) Historic Centre of Urbino Italy Through a series of strategic actions, Urbino has sought to improve its environmental sustainability and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation. An update of the management plan is currently under way in ... Climate Change
Environment & Resilience
Prosperity & Livelihood
2023-02-16
Improving water availability and sustainability by reviving traditional water systems in Bengaluru (India) India The Million wells for Bengaluru campaign is an initiative to build one million shallow wells using traditional well-digging techniques. The initiative for the revival of traditional water systems integrates ... Climate Change
Environment & Resilience
Knowledge & Skills
Prosperity & Livelihood
2023-02-16
Literary tourism in the university town of Coimbra (Portugal) University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia Portugal A project to create a digital map of places associated with literature aims to promote sustainable cultural tourism, relieving tourism pressures in the historic areas and encouraging visitors to explore other parts ... 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
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
2023-02-16
Promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation in Lamu Old Town (Kenya) Lamu Old Town Kenya Lamu Old Town faces multiple threats from climate change, energy needs and rapid social and economic transformation. The Lamu Old town management plan and the Lamu Municipality Waste Management Policy focused on ... Climate Change
Environment & Resilience
Prosperity & Livelihood
2024-04-17
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
2023-02-16
Reconstruction of the destroyed mausoleums of Timbuktu (Mali) Timbuktu Mali After armed conflict resulted in the destruction of several historical mausoleums, these were reconstructed using traditional knowledge systems as part of an international cooperation campaign. The reconstruction of ... Peace & Security 2023-07-12
Testing the role of digital technologies in recording values of human settlements in Asia and the Pacific Australia · China · India A research project tests tools such as photogrammetry, laser scanning and community mapping, to record the interaction between tangible and intangible layers of traditional settlements in China and India.   Inclusion & Participation
Knowledge & Skills
2023-07-12
Transmitting the cultural heritage of the region of Missions through an itinerant exhibition (Brazil) Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) Argentina · Brazil · Uruguay The initiative aims to educate and share the history, culture and heritage of the Brazilian territory of Missions. The exhibition is part of an ongoing project developed by the National Institute for Historic and ... Knowledge & Skills 2022-06-27
Understanding the movement of people through phone use analysis in Florence (Italy) Historic Centre of Florence Italy The local government analysed mobile usage data from major telephone operators to collect useful data for infrastructure design and tourism management. Environment & Resilience
Knowledge & Skills
2023-02-16
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