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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 14186-14210;

Assessing and Monitoring the Sustainability in Rural World Heritage Sites

Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin, Largo Paolo Braccini 2, 10095 Grugliasco (TO), Italy
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Academic Editors: Maria Helena Henriques and Marc A. Rosen
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 12 October 2015 / Accepted: 15 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Management of Geomorphological Heritage)
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In 2002, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the importance of the sustainability and the need of management plans for the safeguard of cultural heritage. No models, rules or specific definitions have been provided for this purpose. By 2014, UNESCO had recognized 16 rural landscapes as cultural heritage sites. This paper aims to understand the management systems adopted by the rural World Heritage Sites over time in order to identify the best practices, strategies, actions and measures applied for the conservation of their universal value with a particular focus on sustainability. A comparative study, analyzing the management plans for these sites, was conducted. The drawing up of site management plans for such rural landscapes is a difficult process. In fact, private and public authorities and several stakeholders are involved, and all of them should participate actively in the decision making process. To ensure the sustainability of these sites, it is important to evaluate several parameters and to design an integrated plan. We focused on assessing and monitoring sustainability in rural World Heritage Sites, and our results could be useful for the implementation of existing plans and processes for drawing up management plans for future UNESCO cultural heritage. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; management plan; rural landscape; UNESCO cultural heritage; management plan; rural landscape; UNESCO

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Gullino, P.; Beccaro, G.L.; Larcher, F. Assessing and Monitoring the Sustainability in Rural World Heritage Sites. Sustainability 2015, 7, 14186-14210.

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