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Guidance on heritage impact assessments: Learning from its application on World Heritage site management

Ana Pereira Roders (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Ron van Oers (UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris, France)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 26 October 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to introduce the papers selected for the current issue. Furthermore, it provides a common background in presenting and discussing the role of heritage impact assessments, considering the projected growth of their implementation not exclusive to World Heritage properties and their potential role in bringing cultural heritage management and sustainable development closer together.

Design/methodology/approach

From a brief introduction to the background and state‐of‐the‐art on heritage impact assessments, this article describes and explains the ten guidelines recently published to assist cultural heritage managers on the application of heritage impact assessments for World Heritage properties. After this, the role of heritage impact assessments in bridging cultural heritage management and sustainable development will be discussed and new doors opened for further research within the field.

Findings

Ten recommendations to structure and classify heritage impact assessments have been identified throughout the ICOMOS guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage properties. Yet, only further research and opportunities to implement them will validate their contribution to the efficiency of World Heritage site management.

Originality/value

In providing an overview of heritage impact assessments, this paper is useful to the readers of the journal interested in guidelines on heritage impact assessments for World Heritage properties, and in the wider ramifications of the management of properties designated as cultural heritage. It introduces the state‐of‐the‐art on heritage impact assessments and reveals areas where research has been lacking, which can be taken up by researchers working on this aspect, or even to highlight the relevance of their ongoing research.

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Citation

Pereira Roders, A. and van Oers, R. (2012), "Guidance on heritage impact assessments: Learning from its application on World Heritage site management", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441261211273671

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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