ON June 8th, CSS-Ebla – together with the Italian National Unesco Commission and the Unesco Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management of the University of Turin – held the First Forum for Italian Unesco Regions. A day to discuss and compare the government practices in areas and territories with high cultural significance, attended by representatives of the Campania region, Lombardy, Piedmont, Sicily and Tuscany, with the presence of representatives from MiBACT and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe.

Italy currently counts 51 World Heritage sites,14 Biosphere Reserves, 5 Creative Cities, 10 Geoparks and 6 elements registered in the Intangible Heritage List. This brings to evidence the necessity and opportunity to integrate and coordinate the management of all these elements, as it has been the case in other countries all over the world. The aim is that of creating real Unesco Districts, in order to rationalize the use of the available resources and thus maximize the benefits for local communities.

These research topics are also the focus of the “International Academy on Sustainable Development”, which aims at being the right environment for the development and circulation of good sustainability practices on an international scale. The 3rd edition is scheduled for October 2017 in Turin.