Digital Technologies and Climate Action at the 4th Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO-Designated Sites
On 29 June, the 4th Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO-Designated Sites and Sustainable Development took place in China. Organised by the Huangshan Municipal Government and the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO, the two-day event brought together over 200 participants, including decision-makers, researchers and managers from 10 international organisations and 20 countries.
The main focus of the dialogue was to explore the application of digital technologies to enhance the sustainable development of UNESCO Designated-Sites, including World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks.
"Cultural heritage faces so many challenges — not least due to climate change, human activity and natural disasters — that we must fully harness such technology in favour of research, management, education and training, risk reduction."
Gai Jorayev, the President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Aerospace Heritage, also gave a presentation and shared insights from his fields of expertise.
The 4th Huangshan Dialogue produced the Huangshan Vision, which focuses on the use of digital technologies to enable sustainable development of UNESCO-Designated Sites, and 13 recommendations on climate action for heritage conservation. These documents urge decision-makers and stakeholders to adopt appropriate mitigation measures and use best available technologies to ensure the protection and continuity of these invaluable sites for generations to come.
Photo credit: © HIST/AIR
Teresa Patricio's opening video