Intersectoral & Crosscutting actions

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Drawing on intersectoral and interdisciplinary action is necessary to respond effectively to complex contemporary challenges.

Number of priority themes promoted by the UNESCO Venice Office call for concerted and comprehensive responses.

Fostering policy development and capacity-building in the fields of culture and science, in particular, require multidimensional approaches, drawing on UNESCO’s diverse range of specialized expertise.

Fields of action

  • Sustainable development as overarching issue integrating science and culture in order to create benefit for the local people. 
  • Integration of World Heritage (WH) and Biosphere Reserves (BRs) concepts in regional development strategies in order to increase the added value at local level.
  • Creation of tools for the management and capacity building for safeguarding cultural and natural, material and immaterial heritage.
  • Creation of a framework for cultural and eco-tourism taking into account the protection of cultural and natural heritage.
  • Development of strategies which allow facing and managing the changes resulting from globalization, climate change and other process creating risks for civilisation.
  • Integration of institutional capacities into the main actions in the field such as museums

World Heritage sites in Europe

  • Renewal of a science and culture policy and networking strategy in the focus area in order to accelerate the processes of co-operation among Member States.
  • Introduction of a Web-based Inventory of Traditional Knowledge to Combat Desertification, and application of this knowledge across history to landscape, human settlements and natural and water resources management.
  • Establishment of an inter-governmental platform under the aegis of UNESCO for cooperation on earthquake risk reduction in South East Europe.
    Training on risk preparedness.
  • Communicating on UNESCO’s action in SEE in the promotion of Sustainable Development.
  • Co-operation for the implementation of the Master Plans integrating World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves strategies.
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