4th Regional Workshop for Europe on the Role of Visitor Centres in UNESCO Designated Sites - Tourism Sustainability and Visitors Management
The series of regional workshops on the role of visitor centres in UNESCO designated sites, launched by UNESCO through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe in 2018, recognises their potential as active promoters of the sites within an integrated management approach based on multi-stakeholder participation, sustainable development concerns and the needs of local communities.
Following the previous editions with thematic focuses on heritage interpretation, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and community engagement, the 4th regional workshop for Europe will explore how such centres can improve tourism management and sustainability by providing useful indications to existing and future centres.
In particular, this year’s edition will aim to:
- increase participants’ awareness and capacities of the subject, inspiring follow-up action at the respective sites
- provide an opportunity for peer exchange, networking and cooperation
- produce advice and recommendations for a broader audience across relevant UNESCO networks
- reinforce the alignment between site management objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030
The workshop includes a mix of presentations and structured free discussions, introduced and facilitated by local and international experts, accompanied by field visits and meetings with local actors.
About 30 professionals representing visitor centres from UNESCO-designated sites in Europe, selected through a call for applications, together with local partners and stakeholders, UNESCO staff and other experts.
The workshop is organised by UNESCO through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and hosted by the Buzău County Council in collaboration with the Buzău Land UNESCO Global Geopark, the University of Bucharest - Hateg Country UNESCO Global Geopark, and the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO.
The organisation of the workshop is made possible thanks to the annual contribution of Italy to the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe.