The AtlaS.WH Project – Sustainability of the Urban World Heritage Sites

Atlas.WH project group members in Florence, Italy

The Centre for Data, Culture & Society is an associate partner of the AtlaS.WH project, which aims to produce new Management and Sustainability Plans for five World Heritage sites, including the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. 

AtlaS.WH comprises five World Heritage cities with historic centres: the Historic Centre of Porto (Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar); Ciudad Histórica de Santiago de Compostela; Le Port de la Lune (Bordeaux); Centro Storico di Firenze; and The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. 

The urban World Heritage sites (WHS) represent an important cultural value in the context of the Atlantic Area. The AtlaSWH project intends to create a network of urban WHS, addressing common challenges related to the protection of their identity while enhancing their cultural assets, with an aim of stimulating heritage-led economic and cultural development. The project is expected to be an important step for the preservation, enhancement and sustainability of WHS. 

The new plans aim to implement an integrated and participatory management and monitoring model for these sites, and to establish a network of World Heritage sites to disseminate best practices and reinforce cooperation.