2018 marks the 10th anniversary of George Town and Malacca being inscribed as a World Heritage Site. In conjunction with this historical milestone, George Town World Heritage Incorporated is organising the International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage. The conference will be held from 1 to 4 October 2018 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang, Malaysia. Cities are historically culturally diverse centers for knowledge, innovation, and memory, and act as a reflection of a society’s identity. They are composed of interconnected layers of natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international and local values, and are constantly evolving and adapting. The complex and dynamic nature of a city makes the management of a living urban heritage extra challenging, yet meaningful. This conference aims to bring together stakeholders engaged in the development, conservation, and management of heritage cities. Members of national and local governments, universities and research centers, NGOs, the private sector, community groups, and civil society, are invited to share their successes and challenges in the following ten themes addressing urban heritage management. 2. Themes
● Affordability for the Local People ● Community Empowerment ● Degrees of Intervention in Conservation ● Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Resilience ● Engaging Youth in Heritage ● Heritage Activism ● Innovative Heritage Programs ● Sustainable Tourism ● The Use of Technologies in Heritage Management ● Urban Archaeology 3. Objectives
a. To discuss management approaches and innovative strategies. b. To share creative and thought-provoking initiatives in all aspects of the management of urban heritage, including conservation, development, and education. c. To encourage dialogue among stakeholders of heritage cities from a variety of backgrounds. d. To build a network of site managers, professionals working in heritage cities, and decision makers.
Tourism Development, Historical City centers and Challenges to Urban cultural heritage in the Mediterranean :
A Case Study on the Conservation and Management of “ Tunis Medina City”
Dr Mohieddine Hadhri SUMMARY
This paper reviews the complex tourism impact and describes the different dimensions of tourist pressure in the Mediterranean countries based on a case study: the historic center “Medina” of the city of Tunis, Tunisia. This case study also reflects the ongoing international dialogue, as much led by many UN international organizations such as UNESCO and UNWTO (Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape 2011 and Declaration on sustainable tourism 1917 ; 2018 Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030) that are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of heritage in urban development strategies in the present and the future . One of the main goal of this research is to help determine how tourist pressure affects the safeguarding of “historic urban landscapes”. The second purpose of this paper is to examine the challenges to urban cultural heritage management conservation in the “Medina” the historical city of Tunis, capital of Tunisia focusing on the roles and interactions of stakeholders and civil societies NGO and the issues that confront the decision-making processes that underpin the management of historic city towns. In short, this paper aims at shedding some lights on the Tunisian national experience in the domain of defining and managing the historic urban heritage of Tunis Medina City. in view of the increasing vulnerability of cultural monuments, sites and old towns under the pressure of population growth and density, massif tourism etc. . Keywords : Mediterranean tourism , city center , cultural heritage , urban conservation, heritage management,