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World Heritage Map Platform


Side Event date and time : 14 September 2023 13:30-14:30 (UTC +3)
Room : Hegra Room, Al Faisaliah Hotel

With the generous support of the Government of Flanders (Belgium), UNESCO has developed the World Heritage Online Map Platform, the pilot of a Geographic Information System (GIS) for World Heritage. This monitoring tool, linked to existing UNESCO databases, displays georeferenced boundaries of World Heritage sites and their buffer zones, and allows for basic cartographic operations. The platform, intended for State Parties, site managers, Advisory Bodies, UNESCO and other heritage and non-heritage stakeholders, will be officially presented at this side event through a brief demonstration its capabilities. Invited experts will delve into the advantages and challenges of the use of geospatial technologies for World Heritage management.


I. Opening remarks

  • Mr Ernesto Ottone Ramírez,
    Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO
  • Mr Kris Dierckx,
    General Representative of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) to OECD, UNESCO and Council of Europe

II. Demonstration of the pilot platform’s capabilities

III. Use of GIS technologies and Earth observation systems for World Heritage management

  • Mr Piet Geleyns,
    Focal Point for Cultural Heritage in Flanders (Belgium)
  • Mr Madi-Jimba Yahya,
    Assistant Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya

IV.Questions and answers


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Thursday, 14 September 2023

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Hegra Room, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh