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 AtlaS.WH project is divided into seven Work Packages. Florence dealt with the development of the WP5 “Thamatic Study on Common Challenges”, that is the collection and analysis of good practices concerning the critical issues identified by Santiago de Compostela in the previous analysis phase (WP4: Diagnosis).

WP5, entrusted to the city of Florence, was developed by a interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Florence and the UNESCO Office of the Municipality of Florence (HeRe Lab – Heritage Research Lab) composed of: Chiara Bocchio, Elena Ghibaudo , Patricia Guerriero, Lorenzo Santetti.

The topics under study were:

  • Governance;
  • Overtourism;
  • Population.

On February 28, 2019, the first phase of the research (Thematic Study on Common Challenges) was delivered to Porto, focusing on the collection of international good practices that dealt with and reduced the critical issues that emerged during the Diagnosis carried out by Santiago de Compostela. This phase was preliminary to the analysis that will be conducted in the second part of the research, which consists in comparing the different practices collected to produce recommendations that will serve as a basis for the implementation of the Sustainability Management Plans.

At the following link, find all the information on the project: