Panel 4 Paper 4.3: Rural Landscape Case Study from ICOMOS/IUCN Connecting Practice Project: Learning about resilience and sustainability from practical experience

Bourdin, Gwenaëlle, Buckley, Kristal and Wigboldus, Leanna (2019) Panel 4 Paper 4.3: Rural Landscape Case Study from ICOMOS/IUCN Connecting Practice Project: Learning about resilience and sustainability from practical experience. In: ICOMOS 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium - Rural Heritage - Landscapes and Beyond, 17 October 2019, Marrakesh, Morocco. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Rural landscapes with interconnected CultureNature heritage value have much to contribute to the resiliency and sustainability of food production, use of renewable natural resources and overall well-being of communities. Rural landscapes are addressed in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in SDG 11 as a type of ‘human settlement’ and Target 11.4 calls for 'strengthening efforts ‘to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.’ Even so, to date, the contributions of rural landscapes have had limited recognition within the global framework for the UN SDGs and some reference in the UN-Habitat New Urban Agenda. This paper will contribute a case study from the ICOMOS/IUCN Connecting Practice project that aims to develop new approaches to the recognition of interconnected character of natural and cultural values in heritage designation and management frameworks. Reflections on a case study from Phase III of this project (2018-2020) will focus on the natural and cultural systems that can support the resilience of agricultural and biocultural landscapes. Conducted in cooperation with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and their program on ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems’ (GIAHS), practical experience with rural landscapes/waterscapes will demonstrate how resilience and sustainability are supported by biocultural practices. This case study will provide insights for a panel discussion on how to more fully recognize the contributions from rural landscapes and mainstream them within the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Bourdin, Gwenaëlle
Buckley, Kristal
Wigboldus, Leanna
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural Landscapes; Rural Heritage; Rural landscapes; world heritage; International organizatons; culture nature integration; UN Sustainable Development Goals; values; Climate change; sustainable developement; local communitites; resilience; good practice; management; UN New urban Agenda; project report; case studies
Subjects: Q. LANDSCAPES > 06. Agricultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
G.DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 05. International organizations
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: IUCN; ICOMOS; United Nations
National Committee: ICOMOS International
International Scientific Committee: Cultural Landscapes (ICOMOS-IFLA)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2019 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 14:05
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 15:50
References: Buckley, Kristal, and Tim Badman (2014) ‘Nature+Culture and World Heritage: Why It Matters’ in Proceedings of University of Montreal Round Table: Exploring the Cultural Value of Nature: a World Heritage Context, 12- 14 March 2014, Christina Cameron and Judith Herrmann (eds). Montreal: University of Montreal, 105-121.

ICOMOS (2017b) Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage. Available at:

IUCN and ICOMOS (2015) Connecting Practice Phase I: Final Narrative Report. Available at:

Leitão, Leticia, Gwenaëlle Bourdin, Tim Badman and Leanna Wigboldus (2017) Connecting Practice Phase II: Final Report. ICOMOS/IUCN. Available at:

Potts, Andrew (2017) ‘An Urgent Journey: Realizing the Potential of Integrated Nature-Culture Approaches to Create a Sustainable World,’ The George Wright Forum 34, 2:229-237. Available at:

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