SESSION 02: Heritage as a Development Strategy

The coupling between Heritage preservation and development processes is critical to build up societies that are sustainable, resilient and inclusive. Development processes therefore should be reconfigured in a way to not only safeguard Heritage, but fully tap into its contribution to sustainable development. 
The session “Heritage as a Development Strategy” goes beyond “cultural heritage” and tourism-led development and explores culture-led, place-based and people-centered approaches to Heritage management conducive to sustainable development.
The session features three presentations that reveal a broader scope of Heritage and sustainability and examine their linkages. It successively looks into:
– Harnessing cultural heritage for social and economic development through community empowerment and engagement, preservation, transmission and capitalization of traditional knowledge, crafts and construction techniques;
– The preservation of “olives forest landscape” as a tool for territorial development: a case study in Calabria; and 
– The nexus between heritage and sustainability, focusing on cultural heritage and tourism as strategies for endogenous development. 

Yapeng Ou and Debora Barros (Members of OWH Sustainability Debate)

Francesca Giliberto, Post-doctoral Researcher the University of Kent and the University of Leeds

Shoshana Stewart, CEO of Turquoise Mountain, an international NGO working in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to revive historic neighbourhoods and traditional crafts.

Claudio Marcianò, MSc, PhD, associate professor of agricultural economics, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy)

Cristina Lodi, Heritage Specialist at Rio de Janeiro’s Cultural Department (Brazil)

Maria Estefania Gioia (Member of OWH Sustainability Debate)

Introduction (5 minutes)
– Shoshana Stewart (15 minutes presenation – 5 minutes for questions)
– Claudio Marcianò (15 minutes presenation – 5 minutes for questions)
– Cristina Lodi (15 minutes presentation – 5 minutes for questions)
Questions (25 minutes for additional questions and reporting)