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Edinburgh an exemplar in energy efficiency for World Heritage Sites

EWH was invited to present at UNESCO’s School on Sustainable Energy Governance in Dubrovnik.

Oct 10, 2013

Held from 29th September to 4th October, the UNESCO School was aimed at enhancing capacity building in sustainable energy, targeting a broad audience that includes World Heritage managers, scientists, practitioners and researchers with applied interests in sustainable energy governance issues.

Davide Poletto from UNESCO Regional Bureau (Venice) says: “Energy issues in UNESCO designated sites, in particular in World Heritage Sites, are crucial. We need more capacity and vision on how to mainstream sustainable energy in these special sites worldwide and in Europe, through the valorization of traditional knowledge and technological advancement, interdisciplinary work and interdepartmental convergence, along with the participation of local stakeholders and living communities, in full respect of their integrity, uniqueness and outstanding universal value.

This experimental school launched by the UNESCO Venice Office, Science Unit, has a part to play in all this, as an innovative and inspirational groundwork for young practitioners and professionals in South East Europe. Edinburgh World Heritage's presentations on sustainable governance were highly appreciated as a valuable learning model, to show where energy has its own dimension and a key role to play to substantially enhance sustainable development in the site”.

Seventeen participants were selected from over 160 candidates from South-East Europe countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey as well as UNMIK/Kosovo.

Lecturers highlighted how to link advanced technology in the field of energy efficiency to the preservation of historical buildings, towns and natural settings. Chiara Ronchini, Energy Efficiency Manager with Edinburgh World Heritage, focused on energy governance, showing how to mainstream energy efficiency into the sustainable management of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, through working with multiple stakeholders and local communities.

The course included a number of team-working sessions and fieldwork activities, which used the World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik as a demonstration case. Trainees also participated in the International Fall Workshop: ‘Upgrading Life in Historical Towns – Renewable Energy’, where they presented the outputs of their work at the final day of the conference. The participants’ presentation included the proposal of a Management Plan for the Site in Dubrovnik, addressing sustainable energy and heritage preservation, and taking inspiration from Edinburgh and other case studies showcased during the School.

Left: The participants in the UNESCO School.


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