The 4th Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO-designated sites and sustainable development, held on June 29-30 in Huangshan, China, by the International Center on Space Technology for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO, adopted Huangshan’s vision calling for technology-strengthening cooperation in heritage protection.
THE Vision of Huangshan emphasizes the potential role of space, aerial and ground-based remote sensing technologies, as well as other digital applications, in the monitoring and conservation of UNESCO-designated sites and calls on World Heritage stakeholders to make full use of digital technologies to strengthen collaborative conservation and management of UNESCO-designated sites and promote collaborative efforts towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Dialogue also published the Draft Recommendations on Climate Action for Heritage Conservationcalling on decision-makers and stakeholders to take appropriate urgent measures and use the best available technology to improve the resilience and adaptation of UNESCO-designated sites in ways that do not negatively affect their authenticity and integrity.
Under the theme “Digital technologies enabling the sustainable development of sites designed by UNESCO”, the Dialogue organized eight sessions on the following topics: digital preservation, spatial technologies and methodologies for monitoring and evaluation, harmonized management, reduction disaster risk, climate change, spatial archeology and spatial intelligence of cultural heritage, integration of heritage and culture and quality development, heritage education. The two-day event attracted more than 200 participants from more than 20 countries and more than ten international organizations, including UNESCO, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Center for the Study of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).