AtlaS-WH – Heritage in the Atlantic Area: Sustainability of the Urban World Heritage

With the goal to address common challenges related to the protection of their World Heritage sites (WHS), the cities of Porto, Bordeaux, Santiago de Compostela, Florence, and Edinburgh partake in AtlaS-WH, a transnational project funded by INTERREG Atlantic Area. The Eu-funded project, led by the city of Porto, is an essential step for the preservation, enhancement and sustainability of the WHS. Each city will share their expertise and experience in sustainable management of historic sites. Through this shared learning, a common methodology will be created for planning, monitoring, and governance in the five urban heritage sites. Continuous benchmarking of the set methodology will allow a dynamic follow-up on the evolution of each WHS, enabling future conjoint answers to common challenges.
The primary outcome of AtlaS-WH programme will be the Sustainability Plans for each WHS, by implementing an integrated and participative management and monitoring model. The result will be achieved through the common construction of a methodology and the exchange of know-how and best practices. The transnational partnership will disseminate the results to the cities in the Atlantic Area and beyond, which may be replicated and adapted, in order to stimulate heritage-led economic development.

The UNESCO Office of the City of Florence will be involved mainly in the development of a study of the critical common challenges, gathering information on law, regulation, management, international recommendations, and best practices. The Office will compare all collected data, and it will produce a guide to serve as a tool for the sustainability plans and their implementation. Other activities include organisation of training, and awareness-raising activities for students, teachers, and other professionals. Furthermore, the UNESCO Office of the City of Florence will be in charge of the development of specific management and sustainability plan for Florence, for which it will provide the necessary training for the managers/stakeholders.

First project meeting – Porto: