Educational initiative to engage youth in the UNESCO site Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto

The UNESCO HERITAGE AWARENESS: Actions from Youth training programme aims to increase younger generations’ awareness of the UNESCO site “Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto” through community engagement and informal education.

The goal is to amplify the understanding of the territory’s identity and encourage young people to explore, tell stories about, and fully appreciate this heritage.

The project is part of the YES! – Youth Empowerment for Sustainability programme developed by Fondazione Santagata.


CONTEXT

The eastern Ligurian Riviera is a cultural landscape of exceptional value representing the harmonious interaction established between men and nature.

In 1997, UNESCO included the Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, and the Islands in the World Heritage List as a “cultural landscape” because of “The appearance and position of the towns together with the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of rugged and steep terrain, enclose the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the last millennium.”

OBJECTIVES

  1. Increase awareness of the cultural, social, and environmental values of the UNESCO Site.
  2. Promote the active engagement of participants in safeguarding the tangible and intangible heritage of the territory.
  3. Encourage actions of valorisation mindful of the natural and cultural environment, for a more sustainable tourism in the UNESCO Site.

WORK PHASES

The training program includes:

  • In-depth training focused on the peculiarities of the UNESCO Site
  • Community mapping and creative photography workshops

EXPECTED RESULTS

The program represents a unique opportunity for students to deeply connect with their territory, develop new skills, and become ambassadors of the UNESCO Site. The project outputs serve as tools for interpreting and enhancing the Site.

CLIENT

Porto Venere Municipality – UNESCO Site Office “Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, and Islands of Palmaria, Tito, and Tinetto”