The 1st Huangshan Dialogue
Huangshan Dialogue, which was organized by HIST (International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO) and RADI (Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) in collaboration with the World Heritage Center, the Man and the Biosphere Program and the Global Geopark Network supported by UNESCO, is the first ever international event that addresses the challenges and prospects for the conservation and sustainable development of UNESCO designated places. It was hosted by Huangshan Administrative Authority during 26-30 May, 2014 at the Huangshan International Hotel, Huangshan City, China.
Experts, decision-makers and practitioners at the Mount Huangshan dialogue meeting in Huangshan City, China, 26-30 May 2014.
Sincerely thank HIST (international natural and cultural heritage space technology center), RADI (Institute of remote sensing and digital earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences), UNESCO, Mount Huangshan Scenic Area Management Committee and Wudalianchi Scenic Area Management Committee jointly held the Mount Huangshan dialogue conference. This is the use of the potential contribution of space technology, the first meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage, World Biosphere Reserve and World Geopark protection and sustainable development held; and the government of Huangshan City to continue to support the hope in Chinese most precious world heritage, shared human spiritual home dialogue will desire;
Thanks to the delegates to share their introduction and theoretical innovation and practical exploration, including the Mount Huangshan Scenic Area Management Committee in the practice of sustainable development internationalization efforts, namely, to promote the protection of biological and geological diversity, respect for cultural diversity, enhance visitor experience and popularize scientific knowledge to the public and tourists, to the community residents and improve the level of community life;
To teach the biosphere area and the world geological park UNESCO World Heritage and protection as the place to learn the potential for development of natural and cultural heritage protection of the sustainable development strategy and action plan to improve the community's social and economic life level, strengthen international cooperation in technology transfer, share experiences and lessons learned;
That day air ground remote sensing and geographic information system and other application technologies, these technologies can be used to reconstruct and understand the history and the change of environment, modeling and forecasting future may influence factors of UNESCO list of heritage protection education; spatial data can also be used in near real time acquisition of UNESCO list of heritage for a list of heritage and the surrounding area, planning, identification, monitoring and archiving, sustainable management, for 3D imaging, restoration, landscape planning and conservation project etc.;
Emphasis is placed on the importance of establishing strong relations between heritage managers and space technology managers, researchers and practitioners in the UNESCO directory, to deal with specific problems encountered in the protection and sustainable development and improve the ability to solve problems.
The importance of helping members convenient and timely access to geospatial data and information, in the identification, management and protection of UNESCO list of heritage, promote sustainable development and enhance the ability of construction, focus on the identified management, conservation and sustainable development work challenges.
The governing body for UNESCO, especially its executive board, the World Heritage Committee, the mAb International Coordinating Committee and the world geoparks network executive board, in the United Nations and other international organizations in the promotion of space technology, in the promotion of UNESCO list of heritage protection and management, promote the sustainable development of advantage and, after the 2015 World Heritage list as the first place development agenda;
The World Heritage Centre and World Heritage conference advisory body, man and the Biosphere Programme secretariat and the world geological park network, --RADI and HIST and relying on agencies to carry out pilot projects in UNESCO countries, play an important role in exhibition space to solve specific problems encountered by UNESCO list of heritage and the surrounding areas of protection, management and sustainable development. In response and the;
UNESCO should systematically assess the UNESCO, the European Space Agency jointly launched the "World Heritage Convention on the use of space technology to support the open plan" results, to explore how to further strengthen the open plan, the UNESCO list of heritage as an important place to use, to provide support for the realization of the goal of sustainable development after 2015;
UNESCO should make further efforts to the world heritage, World Biosphere Reserve and world geological park location for sustainable research and education places, and invited HIST, RADI and other work with the UNESCO list of heritage institutions of cooperation, create a cooperation mechanism, so that in the list of heritage discovery, protection, management and sustainable the development work, better sharing of technology products and tools and its application;
HIST and RADI strengthen cooperation with the advisory bodies of the World Heritage Convention, and promote the application of space technology in the discovery, evaluation, monitoring and management of world natural and cultural heritage sites.
HIST and RADI and other appropriate partners, the development of strategic planning, to help the less developed member countries, especially developing countries, to carry out scientific research, capacity building and technology transfer and development, management and sustainable development in support of UNESCO list of heritage protection, the use of space technology, tube.
May 29, 2014
In Huangshan City, Anhui, China
The 2nd Huangshan Dialogue
The 2nd Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO-designated sites and sustainable development, organized by the HIST Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and supported by the Mount Huangshan Administrative Committee. In a video message addressed to the Dialogue, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed the importance of the event as a contribution towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as towards the development of UNESCO’s new updated Strategy for Action on Climate Change.
Experts, policy-makers and practitioners participating in the 2nd Huangshan Dialogue, on “UNESCO sites﹒climate change﹒space technologies” in Huangshan City, China, from 11 to 15 September 2016,
Expressing their sincere appreciation to HIST (Int’l Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO), RADI (Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), UNESCO and the Mt. Huangshan Administrative Committee for convening the 2nd Huangshan Dialogue and the hope that they will continue their collaboration in convening future dialogues every two years.
Recognizing the potential for World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks to serve as experimental and learning sites for context-specific climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for natural and cultural heritage conservation, sustainable tourism planning, disaster prevention and monitoring, and the strengthening of links between conservation and sustainable development of regions and peoples where these sites are located.
Emphasizing the potential role of space-, air- and ground-based sensing technologies and associated GIS and other applications, in reconstructing and understanding past climate change as well as to model and foresee future scenarios for UNESCO designated places and surrounding areas in the context of on-going and future climate change trends.
Call upon UNESCO, HIST, UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO National Committees responsible for coordinating the work of the World Heritage Convention, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the International Geoscience and Geopark Program (IGGP) and authorities responsible for the management of UNESCO designated sites to use these sites in order to:
Document and disseminate knowledge on past climate change, particularly well-illustrated in many UNESCO Global Geoparks, to raise awareness of local communities and the general public of the causes and consequences of global climate change and their implications for people and societies;
Document and disseminate information and data on the risks facing UNESCO-designated sites and their surrounding land and seascapes with regard to natural and human-induced disasters, and on predictions for climate change and related impact on future risks and vulnerabilities;
Identify cultural heritage monuments and artifacts that may face inevitable decay or disappearance due to climate change impacts or consequences (e.g. sea-level rise) and encourage the use of virtual reality and other appropriate technology to establish their 3-D images and other copies for archives to benefit future generations;
Collate, synthesize and disseminate information on on-going changes on ecosystems, habitats and species distribution patterns in UNESCO-designated sites in response to climate change, and encourage the building of scenarios and models on how management of the sites and surrounding land and seascapes could respond to such changes;
Encourage collaboration between states to develop a data and information repository for the UNESCO sites such that the information is universally available.
Use UNESCO-designated sites in globally and regionally critical ecosystems, e.g. “the Third Pole” or the Himalayan Range to record on-going climate-driven changes and predict their potential future trajectories and their consequences for economies and people
Explore the possibilities for linking the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) of RADI to create digital databases and other educational and information products for a selected number of UNESCO-designated sites in the countries along Continental and Maritime Silk Road;
Initiate and/or contribute to discussions and seminars and workshops and launch projects and special initiatives during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism in Development in 2017 to illustrate the role space technologies could play in addressing site-specific and regional impacts of tourism practice and in identifying potential UNESCO-designated sites where the tourism sector could launch new initiatives to demonstrate green and low carbon development;
Demonstrate how data and analysis systems can be used for evidence based decision making and participative site management to harmonize conflicting laws and policies hence lead to good governance at various levels;
Promote the use of UNESCO sites as models of sustainable and resilient societies for delivering 2030 Agenda as part of the local and national development plans;
Liaise with institutions responsible for infrastructure, construction, trade and transport sector development along China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and use UNESCO designated places to launch studies and initiatives to minimize impacts and threats to concerned UNESCO-designated sites as well as to promote “people-to-people” scientific and cultural exchanges between site authorities and other concerned stakeholders;
Work with interested UNESCO-designated sites to develop new and innovative communication resources derived from space technologies - including maps, satellite images, 3D imaging and animation – introducing visitors to the particular climate change impacts facing each site;
Institute a systematic mechanism by which the rich experience on the application of space technologies to cultural and natural heritage is systematically fed into the management and monitoring processes through UNESCO and the States Parties concerned;
Promote Synergies in the application of remote sensing techniques for education, research, conservation and management activities in UNESCO sites with multiple designations.
Link to concerned UN bodies, e.g. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and associate financial (Green Climate Fund) and research (Global Green Growth Institute) organizations to explore the launching of projects and initiatives on the use of UNESCO-designated sites for climate change mitigation and adaptation with the use of space technology and other relevant modern technology applications.
Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China
14 September 2016
The 3rd Huangshan Dialogue
The Dialogue on the theme: “UNESCO sites facilitating sustainable development” organized by the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under Auspices of UNESCO, and hosted by Mt. Huangshan Administrative Committee, took place on 31 October – 3 November 2018 at Tunxi District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China.
Beside of representatives from UNESCO, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), this Dialogue also attracted more than 50 international experts, scholars, and managers from about 20 nations including the US, Tunisia, Thailand, France, Korea, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Malaysia, the UK, Pakistan, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Germany, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Cameroon. Domestically, over 130 representatives from state departments, local government, scientific institutions, universities, World Heritage sites, World Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks, and relevant offices attended the Dialogue.
The Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee announced one significant deliverable –– Huangshan Consensus, which emphases the huge potential of space technology on air-space integration serving UNESCO SDGs. It also calls upon nations along the One Belt and One Road to launch cooperation on application of space technologies on sustainable development of heritage sites, enhance information and cultural exchanges, actively promote the sustainable development mode of Huangshan, and eventually turn UNESCO designated sites into models of UN sustainable development project.
The other important result of the 3rd Huangshan Dialogue is Letter of Intent Cooperation on UNESCO Designated Sites Along the One Belt and One Road. Policy makers and site managers of world heritage from Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Tunisia, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tanzania signed the letter and endorsed establishment of a multilateral platform for communication on sustainable development of UNESCO designated sites.
Huangshan Dialogue was the first ever-forum that addressed the conservation, monitoring, management and sustainable development challenges faced by UNESCO designated World Heritage sites, World Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks. As of October 2018, there are more than 1700 places that have been granted these designations; a very small number of sites such as Huangshan Mountains and Shennongjia of China and the Jeju Island of Korea have been recognized under all of the above mentioned three of UNESCO designations.
The International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO and hosted by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in partnership with the Huangshan Administrative Committee launched the “Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO Sites for Sustainable Development” and convened the first Dialogue under the theme: “Application of Space Technologies for UNESCO Designated Sites” from 26 to 30 May 2014 in Huangshan City. The “Huangshan Declaration” issued by the first Dialogue called for greater application of space technologies for the conservation, monitoring, management and sustainable development of UNESCO designated sites and called upon UNESCO, HIST and RADI to collaborate to build capacity in less developed UNESCO Member States for the effective use of such technologies.
HIST, RADI and Huangshan Administrative Committee joined hands once again to organize the 2ndHuangshan Dialogue on the theme “UNESCO Sites, Climate Change and Space Technologies” from 11 to 15 September 2016, in the same venue where the first Dialogue was convened. The second Dialogue was convened within a year of the adoption of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the UN (September 2015) and the Paris Climate Agreement by Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (December 2015). The 2nd Huangshan Dialogue attracted wide-ranging discussions on the potential of UNESCO designated sites to serve as research, pilot and demonstration areas for meeting goals, objectives and targets of global agendas. The outcome of Huangshan Dialogue 2, i.e. “Huangshan Recommendation” , among others, stressed this important contribution that UNESCO designated sites could make through experimenting with the attainment of globally set targets and indicators of SDGs, in particular SDG 13 to combat climate change, at the local and context-specific scale.