Wayfinder Heritage: applying resilience thinking to long-term planning of heritage places. Connecting Practice phase IV: final report, part 2 - August 2023

Leitão, Leticia and Brown, Steve (2023) Wayfinder Heritage: applying resilience thinking to long-term planning of heritage places. Connecting Practice phase IV: final report, part 2 - August 2023. Project Report. ICOMOS & IUCN, Charenton-le-Pont, France & Gland, Switzerland, 75p. ISBN 978-2-918086-97-0. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

Wayfinder Heritage is a ‘resilience thinking framework’ aimed at supporting long-term planning for World Heritage properties and other heritage places. It promotes discussion about what future is envisaged for a heritage place by expanding heritage management planning to include 20-year, 30-year, and longer horizons. The framework guides managers and other heritage custodians through a participatory process towards preparing a long-term strategy to influence desired change in a heritage place. Conceived as a complement to existing management planning processes, the framework is best applied in advance of preparing or updating a management plan. In this way, the longterm strategy provides the direction to follow beyond the period covered by the management plan, the latter usually limited to five-year or 10-year planning horizons. The strategy will help tackle existing and anticipated management challenges that require a long-term perspective, as well as direct multiple continuous actions such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, changing population dynamics, or large-scale conservation works following disasters. If the main goal of inscribing properties on the World Heritage List – or designating heritage places at the national, provincial, or local levels – is to protect them for present and future generations, their management requires approaches that are anchored in the past and incorporate long-term actions aimed at achieving a desired future. The framework is an adaptation of the Wayfinder guide (informed by elements of other resilience assessment methodologies) to suit the needs of integrated cultural and natural heritage management. It includes an introduction to resilience thinking in the context of heritage management, followed by practical guidance on how to implement the five-phase process through a series of participatory workshops. The Wayfinder Heritage framework was explored and tested at the World Heritage property of Hanseatic Town of Visby on the island of Gotland, Sweden. To reach its full potential, ICOMOS and IUCN are keen to support further testing of the framework at other heritage places.

Item Type: Book (Project Report)
Leitão, Leticia
Brown, Steve
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS; IUCN
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage; research projects; natural heritage; cultural heritage; methodology; management; management of cultural heritage; resilience; planning; concepts; theory of conservation; Sweden
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
Q. LANDSCAPES > 16. Landscape Management
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Hanseatic Town of Visby, Sweden
UNESCO WHC Number: 731
National Committee: ICOMOS International
Institutions & Partners: IUCN
Number of Pages: 75
ISBN: 978-2-918086-97-0
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2023 08:40
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 11:50
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/3074

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