LINKS has been developing processes of valorisation of the cultural heritage and of “excellency” landscapes for years, such as paths towards the application to lists and programs promoted by UNESCO (World Heritage List, Intangible Cultural Heritage List, Creative Cities Network, Man and Biosphere Reserves). LINKS is a national level excellency in elaborating management plans for UNESCO sites, that is to say documents for strategical governance and planning of actions and resources aimed at conservation, spread and promotion of cultural heritage values.
UNESCO heritage – a true emblem of the concept of Wellbeing – is oftentimes used as leverage for developing and implementing concrete actions towards awareness and diffusion of the value of sites, for accessibility for all and access (on-site or remote) to cultural goods, for social inclusion through culture, for sustainable tourism.
Some of the activities thus developed regard:
- Cultural goods census (intangible ones too) through local databases;
- Enhancing fruition and accessibility of cultural heritage through online platforms, planning of facilities for comprehending and understanding heritage;
- Cultural tourism management through evaluation of tourist load capacity for single cultural goods, old towns or archaeological areas;
- Benchmark for the diverse forms of cultural heritage management.
Many activities are centred around the creation of networks and the exchange of good practices between public and private institutions about the valorisation of the cultural heritage both at a national and international level. The clearest example of it is the works on the Piedmont UNESCO district and the Lombardy Region UNESCO network.
LINKS has been managing the UNESCO Chair in “New paradigms and instruments for the management of bio-cultural landscape”, in partnership with Turin Polytechnic’s Specialization School in Cultural Goods and Landscape, since 2015. The chair’s purpose is to promote an integrated research, education, information and documentation system about cultural landscape management. This is pursued through an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that takes into account social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of territory development.