Education and new governance of heritage: Sustainable development of communities and territories


From 1972 until today the world has changed profoundly with climate change, and civil society increasingly empowered and connected through social networks. New decentralized and democratic models of governance have enabled wider distribution of natural and cultural heritage on the UNESCO World Heritage list. While these globally exceptional sites have universal value, local and regional heritage is important as an essential for people and communities. This heritage links communities throughout the planet through places rich with identity and meaning.

To this heritage framework, we add the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets as a central issue for public policy, personal action and adoption at all scales of government. Heritage is a great articulator of sustainability: social; environmental; and economic; that cross, in a transversal way, all 17 UNSDGs toward achieving the 2030 Agenda.

This panel proposes to demonstrate how natural and cultural heritage, essentially democratic and inclusive, is a key elements and contributor to economic, social, environmental and cultural innovation. Heritage contributes to global agendas for a sustainable life in community and in symbiosis with the broader territory.


Lukasz Madrzynski (孟巨石), (Co-founder and General Manager of Wild Mountain Education Consulting Ltd.) – representing Wild Mountain Education Consulting Ltd. (杉野自然) (China) TBC

Sibongile Masuku (South African National Commission for UNESCO) and Soul Shava (Environmental education professor at University of South Africa) – representing the African World Heritage Fund

Juan Carlos Barrientos García (Coordinator of Educational Programmes at European Heritage Volunteers) – representing European Heritage Volunteers

Meetali Gupta (student of World Heritage Studies at the Technical University Brandenburg (Germany), currently a professional cultural heritage and Policy Trainee at European Historic Houses in Brussels) – representing European Student Association for Cultural Heritage

Luis Hernández (Inter American Development Bank collaborator) – representing Living heritage Program (Chile)

Karin Kardenas (Unidad de Patrimonio de Chillan) – representing Local Government for Heritage (Chile)

Cristian Heinsen (Altiplano Foundation and the Sarañani! – Let’s walk) – representing the School of Conservation (Chile)