Integration of climate action and the sustainable development goals in World Heritage sites: Case – Taj Mahal and the University of Virginia and Monticello

Saha, Shinjini, Caballero, Gabriel Victor and Loopesko, Lydia (2022) Integration of climate action and the sustainable development goals in World Heritage sites: Case – Taj Mahal and the University of Virginia and Monticello. ICOMOS Sustainable Development Goals Working Group. [Other] (Unpublished)

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Abstract (in English)

The benefit and impact of World Heritage is felt at various levels, the local and global, which are homogenized when management frameworks are put into action. This homogenization of various aspects of World Heritage affects the integration of climate action because the management of the Outstanding Universal Value and achieving global indicators often get prioritised over local needs. The true measure of integrating climate action can be seen when frameworks are facilitated by the communities inhabiting in and surrounding World Heritage sites. This paper will investigate the integration of climate action and the application of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in site management of World Heritage properties. Two sites are investigated: the Taj Mahal in India and Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in the USA. This is a continuation of research done in 2021 by the ICOMOS Sustainable Development Goals Working Group as it investigates varied strategies and global issues being put into the context of World Heritage sites, beyond its main remit of safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value. With the advent of the climate crisis, there is an urgent need to see heritage as a solution and an integral part of climate action plans. This study is a contribution to a growing literature to aid in anticipating the devastating consequences of heritage succumbing to the potential damage of climate change.

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Saha, Shinjini
shinjinisaha03@gmail.com
Caballero, Gabriel Victor
gabrielvcaballero@gmail.com
Loopesko, Lydia
lydialoopesko@gmail.com
Languages: English
Keywords: climate action; World Heritage; holistic integration; externalities; sustainable development
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 07. Management plan
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Taj Mahal, India; University of Virginia, USA; Monticello
UNESCO WHC Number: 252; 442
Depositing User: Ms Lydia Loopesko
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 16:45
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 16:45
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2800

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