1st Edition

World Heritage and Sustainable Development New Directions in World Heritage Management

Edited By Peter Bille Larsen, William Logan Copyright 2018
    310 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In 2015, the General Assembly of State Parties to the World Heritage Convention passed a ground-breaking Sustainable Development policy that seeks to bring the World Heritage system into line with the UN’s sustainable development agenda (UNESCO 2015). World Heritage and Sustainable Development provides a broad overview of the process that brought about the new policy and the implications of its enactment.

    The book is divided into four parts. Part I puts the policy in its historical and theoretical context, and Part II offers an analysis of the four policy dimensions on which the policy is based – environmental sustainability, inclusive social development, inclusive economic development and the fostering of peace and security. Part III presents perspectives from IUCN, ICOMOS and ICCROM – the three Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee, and Part IV offers ‘case study’ perspectives on the practical implications of the policy. Contributions come from a wide range of experienced heritage professionals and practitioners who offer both ‘inside’ perspectives on the evolution of the policy and ‘outside’ perspectives on its implications. Combined, they present and analyse the main ideas, debates and implications of the policy change.

    This book is key reading for all heritage professionals interested in developing a better understanding of the new Sustainable Development policy. It is also essential reading for scholars and students working in the area.

    Part I: Historical, theoretical and institutional frameworks

    1. Policy-making at the World Heritage-Sustainable development interface: Introductory remarks William Logan and Peter Bille Larsen
    2. A view from the inside: An account of the process leading to the adoption of the policy for the integration of a sustainable development perspective within the World Heritage Convention Giovanni Boccardi and Lindsay Scott
    3. Historical, theoretical and international considerations on culture, heritage and (sustainable) development Sophia Labadi

    Part II: Policy dimensions and overarching principles

    4. Inclusive economic development in the urban heritage context Christian Ost
    5. Inclusive social development and World Heritage in urban areas Jyoti Hosagrahar
    6. World Heritage and gender equality Sophia Labadi
    7. The World Heritage and sustainable development policy—a turning point for indigenous peoples? Stefan Disko and Max Ooft
    8. Human rights, wrongs and sustainable development in World Heritage Peter Bille Larsen
    9. Heritage, sustainable development and the achievement of peace and security in our world: ambitions and constraints William Logan

    Part III: Advisory Bodies views

    10. The Role of World Heritage in achieving environmental sustainability: An IUCN perspective Elena Osipova, Tim Badman, Peter Bille Larsen
    11. ‘No past, no future?’ An ICOMOS perspective on cultural heritage and the sustainability agenda Luisa De Marco, Susan Denyer, Regina Durighello and Ege Yildrim
    12. From ‘sustaining heritage’ to ‘heritage sustaining broader societal wellbeing and benefits’: An ICCROM perspective Jane Thompson and Gamini Wijesuriya

    PartIV: World Heritage site case studies

    13. Implementing the World Heritage sustainable development policy in Egypt: An opportunity for collective engagement in heritage conservation Dina Ishak Bakhoum
    14. Applying a sustainable development approach to the World Heritage ‘Town of Bamberg’ site: Challenges met, opportunities seized Patricia Alberth
    15. Sustainable development and nature-culture linkages in the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia Juan Luis Isaza Londoño and Cèsar Augusto Velandia Silva
    16. World Heritage and sustainable development in Viet Nam Duong Bich Hanh, Tran Thuy, Pham Huong and Nguyen Cuong
    17. Ng’ambo Tuitakayo, the buffer zone we want: Articulating heritage values in urban planning of Zanzibar town Muhammad Juma|
    18. Cooperative post-disaster reconstruction of Xijie Historic Quarter, China: Directing conservation practice towards inclusive social and economic development Zhou Jian


    Peter Bille Larsen is a lecturer at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He is a Danish anthropologist who works on the intersection between conservation and social equity concerns. He has worked closely with the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre.

    William Logan is an Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, Australia. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and formerly a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies and co-editor of A Companion to Heritage Studies (2015) and the ‘Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ book series.

    "The volume presents a comprehensive selection of texts that analyse multiple themes related to heritage and sustainability in depth. It goes from theoretical discussion to historical analysis, without overlooking specific case studies. It is essential reading for the specialist and the reader interested in the future of our cultural heritage."

    Silvio Mendes Zancheti, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil