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Placing People at the Heart of Heritage for the Week of World Heritage Sites

11th April 2021

Rebecca Leary

How Europe’s World Heritage Cities are tackling common challenges

Europe’s historic cities are individually unique and beloved for their original architecture, varied settings, and distinctive history and heritage. But they face increasingly common problems.

From the effects of over-tourism, and the need to better conserve our valuable ancient buildings, to addressing the challenges post-COVID-19, there is an opportunity to better manage our historic cities through learning from each other, and reapplying best practice. Over the past three years, the Atlas.WH project has enabled a network of five urban World Heritage sites to work together to create plans to stimulate heritage-led economic and cultural development.

In celebration of our shared approach to managing heritage, and to mark the Week of World Heritage Sites (12 – 19 April 2021), Edinburgh World Heritage is launching an online exhibition which will showcase the five urban World Heritage Sites of the AtlaS.WH partnership and explore how they have tackled common challenges by putting people at the heart of conservation and heritage management.

Edinburgh World Heritage will also be hosting a series of free, public events on 13 and 14 April during which you will be able to enhance your understanding of how heritage can be part of the solution to the climate emergency. Plus, we’ll be taking to our social channels to celebrate each of the five partnership cities throughout the week and reflecting on how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site might respond to upcoming challenges such as the climate emergency.

You can now explore the new microsite at

Remember to join in with the conversation on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

WATCH: Wish you were here!: a film put together by Porto in celebration of their Week of World Heritage Sites (22-26 March 2021) showcasing each of the five partner cities

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