Integrating heritage conservation with urban development plans: fosters inclusive and sustainable local development
Urban heritage, including its tangible and intangible attributes, constitutes a key resource in enhancing the liveability of urban areas and fosters economic development and social cohesion in a changing global environment. The UNESCO 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape has contributed towards promoting a holistic approach to managing historic urban areas. The third Member States consultation on the implementation of the 2011 Recommendation conducted between June to November 2022 emphasizes both the importance and the urgency of integrating heritage conservation with urban development plans, disaster risk reduction and climate action at the local level.
The report covered six thematic areas of implementation that captured the key principles of the 2011 Recommendation in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the mapping and inventorying of heritage values and attributes, governance mechanisms, laws, regulations, and planning tools to protect these different attributes, inclusive and participatory decision-making, equitable economic development, the impacts of climate change, and the use of digital technologies for managing urban heritage including capacity building.
The publication includes key recommendations emerging from consultations with international experts, exchanging innovative practices, developing guidance, tools, and initiatives, notably on planning, civic engagement, regulatory frameworks and financial mechanisms and management to support the implementation of the 2011 Recommendation.