Based on the “International Academy on Sustainable Development”, the Community of best management practices in UNESCO designated territories aims to set up an international cooperative network of site managers, operators and practitioners able to disseminate and share knowledge, ideas, initiatives, practices, tools to properly manage the UNESCO recognition to promote sustainable development in their respective territories and communities. The Academy, through all its international partners, acts as a real learning and knowledge sharing community, and serves as support to all its members to promote occasions of strengthening networking and international cooperation among sites for the implementation of projects aimed to build and reinforce local capacities towards a sustainable dimension of development.
The Community currently includes representative from 40 World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, from 25 different countries:
Aflaj Irrigation Systems, Oman, WH

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities, Mexico, WH

Alto Douro Wine Region, Portugal, WH

Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, Italy, BR

Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale, Italy, WH

Classical gardens of Suzhou, Tong Li, China, WH

– Cultural landscape of Bali Province, Indonesia, WH

– Portovenere, Cinque Terre and the Islands, Italy, WH

– Coffee Cultural Landscape, Colombia, WH

– Costiera Amalfitana, Italy, WH

– Ferrara, city of Renaissance, and its Po Delta, Italy, WH

– Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya, WH

– Gorge of Samaria National Park, Greece, BR

– Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta, Hungary, WH

Dorset and East Devon Coast, UK, WH

– Katon-Karagay, Kazakhstan, BR

Kenozero National Park, Russian Federation, BR

Kunta Kinteh Island and related sites, Gambia, WH

– Ledro Alps and Judicaria, Italy, BR

– Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, Italy, WH

– Lamu Old Town, Kenya, WH

– Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland, WH

– Maloti Drakensberg Park, Lesotho and South Africa, WH

– Monviso, France and Italy, BR

Mont Ventoux, France, BR

– Mura-Drava-Danube, Croatia and Hungary, BR

– Mura-Drava-Danube/WWF Serbia Office, Serbia, WH

– Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, WH

– Ohrid-Prespa, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, BR

Omo Biosphere Reserve, Nigeria, BR

Parco Po Torinese, Italy, BR

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscape, Switzerland/Italy, WH

– Río Plátano, Honduras, BR

– Rio San Juan BR, Nicaragua, BR

– Stari Grad Plain, Croatia, WH

– The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral cultural landscape, France, WH

– Ticino Valley, Italy, BR

Town of Bamberg, Germany, WH

– Val d’Orcia, Italy, WH

– Venice and its Lagoon, Italy, WH


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