The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is an important international treaty that has for almost 50 years played a major role in expanding heritage legislation worldwide and identifying and promoting the protection of a growing list of the World’s most unique sites – both cultural and natural. Sadly, today however, this instrument risks to collapse under its own success. OURWORLDHERITAGE seeks to counter this destructive trend and renew the original spirit and mission of the World Heritage Convention, by engaging citizens, civil society groups and professional and academic organizations.
With the call that “Together, we can shape the future of World Heritage!”, and acknowledging that “to be sustainable, development processes should fully reflect the contribution of heritage conservation”, the OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team invited stakeholders to submit case studies illustrating the challenges and solutions for integrating heritage and sustainable development, to explore the key concepts of sustainability in World Heritage: People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace.
As a result of the Call for Case Studies, more than 124 case studies were submitted, from 50 countries of the 6 world regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Europe, Latin America and North America. In this first round, 52 sites from both the already declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and that on the National Tentative Lists are participating. The selected Case Studies further participated in a Self-Assessment process based on 4 criteria: Environmental Sustainability, Inclusive Social Development, Inclusive Economic Development and Governance.
As OurWorldHeritage Sustainability Team, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the session entitled: “From the regional to the global approach: conclusions of the case studies 1”. In this session the conclusions of the Regions of North America, Europe and Arab States will be presented.
The presentation will be made by the Coordinators and a Guest Expert from each region, who has also participated in the Case Studies Regional Workshop held in June.
The main challenges, as well as good practices and regional learning, will be discussed, with the intention of recognizing patterns and deepening the diagnosis of the sustainable management of our World Heritage.
We will also be joined as special guests by experts from ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM, who will enrich the reflection with their experience as Advisory Bodies.
Jana Das Chaudhuri Founder, Institute of Heritage Research and Member of the OWH-Sustainability Team
Lui (Radium) Tam, Researcher PhD Student at Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and Member of the OWH Sustainability Debate Team
Maria Virginia Avila, Independent Consultant and Researcher and Member of the OWH Sustainability Debate Team
Welcome Address – Jana Das Chaudhuri
Moderator intro – Lui Radium Tam
Synthesis outcomes of Asia-Pacific:
– Region Coordinator – Jana Das Chaudhuri
– Guest expert to validate the outcomes – Moe Chiba
Synthesis outcomes of Africa:
– Region Coordinator: Pamela Durán Diaz
– Guest expert to validate the outcomes – Tokie Laotan-Brown
Synthesis outcomes of Latin America:
– Region Coordinator – Rubén Pesci
– Guest expert to validate the outcomes – Alfredo Conti
ICOMOS Expert Commentary – Gabriel Caballero
IUCN Expert – Nabegh Ghazal
Vote of Thanks – Jana Das Chaudhuri
Jana Das Chaudhuri
Jana Das Chaudhuri is an architect and heritage management professional with experience of twenty years in both private and public sector in India in the field of urban heritage. While in the Delhi Development Authority, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, she worked in close collaboration with national and international agencies in dealing with heritage management and policy issues that surrounded the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Delhi. Jana is passionate about research in policy matters and is abreast with new heritage management approaches around the globe. She was awarded with the Fulbright Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship to pursue research in the United States. Jana has conceptualized Institute of Heritage Research, a think tank for policy research on heritage management and working towards building the institution. The main thrust areas of the institute include innovation through policy research in sustainability and new approaches to urban heritage management.
Lui (Radium) Tam
Lui Tam is currently a PhD candidate at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. She obtained her MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at KU Leuven, Belgium. She initially studied building archaeology at the School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University in Beijing, during which she developed a deep passion for cultural heritage. She initiated her career at Tsinghua Cultural Heritage Conservation Centre (CHCC) as a conservation planner in China. Her practice and research interests focus on cultural heritage in Asia, including heritage management and adaptive reuse in China, heritage tourism and sustainable community development in the WH site of Luang Prabang, Laos. Her PhD research focuses on the sustainable heritage management of early timber architecture in China, exploring an innovative theoretical and strategic framework regarding heritage and sustainability.
Moe Chiba is presently Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Jakarta office for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Timor Leste since 2018. She had joined UNESCO HQ in 2000 and began her career in the Division of Creative Industry and subsequently in the Division of Cultural Policies in charge of developing a new international convention of UNESCO on the diversity of cultural content and artistic expressions. After moving to UNESCO New Delhi office for South Asia in 2006 where poverty remains a rampant national issue, her focus has shifted on mainstreaming culture into development process. Some of her main areas of work then include heritage-based urban development, culture for rural livelihood and participation of persons with disabilities in cultural life. Moving to Jakarta, she continues her passion for culture-based development, and coordinates projects such as disaster risk reduction of heritage, promotion of youth entrepreneurs around heritage sites, and cultural landscape management.
Pamela Durán Diaz
Dr. Pamela Durán Díaz is an architect holding a PhD in Urbanism and a postdoc in Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes. She is a scientific researcher at the Technical University of Munich and international coordinator of the Doctoral and Master’s Programme Land Management and Geospatial Science, with participants from all around the globe. Project Manager of ADLAND “Advancing Collaborative Research in Responsible and Smart Land Management in and for Africa”, a consortium of 6 partner universities in collaboration with the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) and financed by GIZ. She is a founder member of the research groups inLAB: Territory and Urban Artefact in Germany and Mexico and Ginna Kanda in Spain, and lecturer in UNESCO Chair FLACAM (Foro Latinoamericano de Ciencias Ambientales, Argentina). She has been guest lecturer and speaker in several Seminars, Congresses and Universities around the world. Her research projects use urban planning and land management tools to generate intervention strategies, in which the natural and built environments are as important as built and intangible heritage, hence the local culture acts as a catalyst for development.
Dr. Tokie Laotan-Brown works as a heritage architect and cultural economist with Merging Ecologies. She is an Executive Committee Member for the Association Critical Heritage Studies; an associate member of the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU); the expert voting member of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) – representing Nigeria and Ireland; and a member of the ISCCL Africa Working Group. She holds a joint PhD in economics and techniques in the conservation of architectural and environmental heritage with the University of Nova Gorica and Universita luav di Venezia in Italy.
Recognised initiator in Latin America of thought and action with environmental criteria, he founded the CEPA Foundation in La Plata in 1974, the first environmental NGO in the Region. Doctorate in Madrid in Sustainability and Urban Regeneration, he is one of the top developers of urban projects and plans in Latin America. Forty cities (metropolis, large and small cities) were designed with his leadership. He created and developed the concept of Ambitectura (building inspired by the environment) that he has applied to countless works of architecture, urban design and development. He has received many awards and distinctions, among which include: • Illustrious citizen of La Plata (2018) • International Citizen, Cuernavaca (2017) • Illustrious graduate of the National University of La Plata (2016) • First Prize in Urban Planning, College of Architects of the Province of Buenos Aires (2008) • Second Prize “New Town of Clarendon” Competition, Jamaica, International Union of Architects (2000) • Director UNESCO / FLACAM Chair for Sustainable Development (1995 and continues) • President of FLACAM (Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences) 1990 and continues. He has been working on La Plata and its region since 1980, especially on projects for the strategic development of the region and the consideration of La Plata as world heritage.
Architect (La Plata, 1977), Building Conservator (Buenos Aires, 1989). Between 1977 and 1991, he worked as urban planner and coordinator of the Committee on urban and architectural heritage of La Plata, and, between 2004 and 2006, he was Director of Heritage Preservation in La Plata. Since 1991, he works as researcher on urban conservation and modern heritage at the Commission for Scientific Research of the Province of Buenos Aires. He is Adviser at the National Commission for Historic Monuments and Sites and Professor at La Plata University, where he directs the Institute of Research on Tourism.Academic Director, Postgraduate Course on Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO Chair on Cultural Tourism (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina).He started his collaboration with ICOMOS in 1982. Elected Member of the Executive Committee in 2008, he occupies a Vice‐Presidency between 2010 and 2017. From 2000 onwards, he acts as expert in evaluation, monitoring and advisory missions related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. He has chaired the ICOMOS World Heritage Working Group and, between 2015 and 2017, co-chaired the Panel in charge of the evaluation of nominations to the World Heritage List. UNESCO consultant in projects related to cultural heritage, he has also collaborated in activities of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Organization of World Heritage Cities and the World Monuments Fund. He has acted as adviser and lecturer on cultural heritage issues in different countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Gabriel Caballero is the Focal Point for the Sustainable Development Goals for ICOMOS and acts as facilitator and coordinator for ICOMOS’ work in relation to the global sustainable development policy arena. He coordinates the activities of the SDGs Working Group, develops ideas and monitors progress to support the implementation of the ICOMOS Action Plan for Cultural Heritage and Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Caballero is also an expert member of the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and specialises on sensitive landscape design interventions, cultural landscape research, culture-nature linkages and world heritage evaluations in rapidly urbanizing areas in Asia.
Dr. Nabegh Ghazal Asswad graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005. He is currently the Conservation officer at BirdLife Middle East in Amman, coordinating the conservation and awareness activities of the EU LIFE Egyptian Vulture New Life Project in the Middle East. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Expert Assessment Group for Green List (EAGL) in the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula Plant Specialists Group (APPSG) and member of the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for the Middle East. He has been a Vice President of OSME since 2013, and assisted in editing and revising both the Hard and Digital Arabic versions of the field Guide for Birds of the Middle East. He chaired the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (2012-2017) and was involved in various activities for the conservation of birds and for field surveys with SSCW team. He was a senior Lecturer at the University of Aleppo, Syria (2010-2015).