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Assessment of Local People Opinion After World Heritage Site Designation, Case Study: Historic City of Yazd, Iran

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Department of International Development in Urban Planning (ICUP), Grenoble University Alpes, 14 av. Mr Reynoard 38100 GRENOBLE, France
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Urban Planning and Alpine Geography Institute, Grenoble University Alpes, 14 av. Mr Reynoard 38100 GRENOBLE, France
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Department of Conservation, Arianam Company, No. 29, First East Alley, North Hafez Ave., Shahinshahr 81464, Iran
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Technical University of Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany
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Heritage 2019, 2(2), 1739-1747; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020106
Received: 6 May 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 20 June 2019 / Published: 23 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Cultural Heritage)
Local participation in the cultural heritage conservation has always been a concern since the Venice Charter (1964). It seems the assumption of the World Heritage Center, and particularly their State Parties, is that local people living in a nominated site are willing to inscribe their properties on the World Heritage List. This research examines the points of view of a local community living in the buffer zone of the Historic City of Yazd in five categories: Willingness, quality of life, decision-making, benefits, and awareness after the designation as World Heritage Site. The main hypotheses are that local people did not agree to inscribe their properties on the World Heritage List, and their quality of life has not changed after registering. The methodology is based on both qualitative and quantitative methods by interviewing 400 people of both genders and different ages. The results show that the majority of local people living in the buffer zone were not satisfied to be on the list. In addition, more than 80% mentioned that the quality of life did not change at all after the inscription. There was a misunderstanding about the role of national and international organizations in World Heritage management and conservation among the local community. View Full-Text
Keywords: local people participation; cultural heritage conservation; World Heritage Site; Historic City of Yazd; decision-making local people participation; cultural heritage conservation; World Heritage Site; Historic City of Yazd; decision-making
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Nasrolahi, A.; Roux, J.-M.; Ghasvarian Jahromi, L.; Khalili, M. Assessment of Local People Opinion After World Heritage Site Designation, Case Study: Historic City of Yazd, Iran. Heritage 2019, 2, 1739-1747. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020106

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Nasrolahi A, Roux J-M, Ghasvarian Jahromi L, Khalili M. Assessment of Local People Opinion After World Heritage Site Designation, Case Study: Historic City of Yazd, Iran. Heritage. 2019; 2(2):1739-1747. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020106

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Nasrolahi, Ahmad; Roux, Jean-Michel; Ghasvarian Jahromi, Leila; Khalili, Mahmoudreza. 2019. "Assessment of Local People Opinion After World Heritage Site Designation, Case Study: Historic City of Yazd, Iran" Heritage 2, no. 2: 1739-1747. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020106

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