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Institutional Brochure

AtlaS.WH - Heritage in the Atlantic Area: Sustainability of the Urban World Heritage Sites intends to create a network of urban World Heritage Sites (WHS) by addressing common challenges related to the protection of their identity, while enhancing their cultural assets, in order to stimulate heritage-led economic and cultural development. The main result will be the sustainability plans of each WHS, by implementing an integrated and participative management and monitoring model, which arises from the common construction and the exchange of know-how and best practices.

The AtlaS.WH network is constituted by the Historic Centre of Porto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar; Historic Centre of Florence; Bordeaux, Port of the Moon; Old and New Towns of Edinburgh and Santiago de Compostela – Old Town.

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Overall objective: The urban WHS represent an important cultural value in the context of the Atlantic Area (AA). AtlaS.WH will be an important step for their preservation, enhancement and sustainability.

The main objectives of AtlaS.WH are:
a) To address, within a common methodology, the main challenges that each WHS is facing, including tourism, population, risk management, climate change, energy efficiency, among others;
b) To develop strategies and public policies for the sustainability of urban WHS;
c) To create governance models, open to the community, integrated and participative;
d) To develop management tools, recommendation guides, assessment and measurement models;
e) To create a long-lasting network of WHS, in order to disseminate best practices and to reinforce cooperation.

The specific objectives of AtlaS.WH are:
 a) To improve WHS protection;
 b) To improve WHS attractiveness, notoriety and projection;
 c) To reinforce the sense of belonging of the communities and WHS identity;
 d) To promote local economic activities;
 e) To promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences, in order to improve the WHS sustainability, their economic  development and the social well-being of the populations.

The transnational partnership will disseminate the results to the cities in the AA and beyond, which may be replicated and adapted, in order to stimulate a heritage-led economic development.

Atlas.WH is a project led by the Municipality of Porto and funded by INTERREG Atlantic Area Program | European Regional Development Fund (ERDF - 1, 366, 998.75 €).

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