Sustainable Energy Governance in UNESCO Designated sites
The UNESCO School in South East Europe: Sustainable Energy Governance in UNESCO Designated sites took place from 29 September–5 October 2012 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The school was a unique educational opportunity to enhance capacity-building in sustainable energy by conveying in a single venue a substantial capital of knowledge developed in UNESCO designated sites (World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves) in Europe.
The 7-day regional school brought together 24 trainees from the South East Europe region out of 150 applicants, as well as 6 high profile international trainers and representatives of relevant public/private industrial partners involved in the selected topic. The trainers highlighted methodologies to link advanced technology in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy with the preservation of historical buildings and natural settings. UNESCO designated sites have an important word to say about sustainability, in terms of education, management and scientific knowledge to be regionally shared and possibly applied.
A broad array of narratives from UNESCO designated sites in Eastern and Western Europe constituted the backbone of the front desk part of the school. Renovation and adaptation of physical structures alone did exhaust the educational purpose of the course since the energy governance issue was also investigated. Trainees were acquainted with sensitive issues such as local community’s role and functions along with the management of UNESCO designated cultural and natural sites.
The course included a number of team working sessions and field exercises which used the World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik as a real training scenario laboratory. As part of the UNESCO school programme, trainees participated in the International Conference on ‘Delivering Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Historic Towns’ (Dubrovnik, 4-5 October 2012) where they presented the outputs of their work on the final day of the conference.
All partners involved in the event - the Municipality of Dubrovnik, the University of Dubrovnik, UNDP Croatia, OICE-Confindustria and the Croatian National Commission for UNESCO - expressed their interest in collaborating for the organization of the 2013 edition.