Istanbul Conference Program

International Conference

Civil Society, the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Development

Cezayir Cultural Center, Istanbul, 8-10 July 2016




Friday, 8 July 2016 (Day 1)


   8:30  Registration


   9:00  Opening Plenary

   9:00  Opening by the Organizer (Stephan Doempke)

   9:10  Welcome Address by Prof. Namik Kemal Döleneken, Çevre ve Kültür Değerlerini (ÇEKÜL)

   9:30  Keynote Speech

            Prof. Dr. Ilber Ortaylı

            The UNESCO World Heritage - A Review of Challenges and Achievements         

10:00   Special Panel:

            World Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict: What Can Civil Society Do?

Moderator: Daniela Reggio (WATCH)

            Jabbar Abdullah (Palmyra, Syria / Cologne, Germany) (tbc)

            Necati Pirinççioğlu (Diyarbakır, Turkey)

            Musa O. Hambolu (Abuja, Nigeria)(tbc)

            Marcela Jaramillo Contreras (Bogotá, Colombia) (tbc)

11:00   Coffee break

11:30   Introduction to the Conference Theme

            Stephan Doempke (World Heritage Watch)

Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals: Why they are important for World Heritage and Civil Society

12:00   Parallel Fora

            Indicators for Sustainable Protection and Development of World Heritage Properties

                 Forum 1: Historic City Centers

Moderator: Michael Turner (Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem)

Mücella Yapıcı (Istanbul Chamber of Architects)

Defending Istanbul's World Heritage 

Can Deniz Akdemir (Diyarbakır)

The Reaction of Civil Society to the Planned Disappropriation of Residential Houses in the Sur District of Diyarbakır

May al-Ibrashy (The Built Environment Collective|Megawra)

Integrated participatory approaches to convert heritage into a community resource: Athar Lina Initiative in Historic Cairo

Francesca Giliberto (Politecnico di Torino)

Assessing current state of urban management systems in World Heritage cities:

toward an integrated approach to urban heritage conservation

Alexander Karpov (Expertise Center ECOM)

Urban Development and Conservation in St.Petersburg: On the Way to Sustainable Development or Away From It?

Olha Kryvorutchko (Urban Ideas)

The GIZ Project "Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv

María Rosa Muñoz (tbc)

Tourism, the strategy of the ‘entrepreneurial city’ in the Global South. Case Study of the Historical Center of Quito


Forum 2: World Heritage Properties and Indigenous Peoples

Moderator: Stephan Doempke (World Heritage Watch)

Gabriel Lafitte

Jiuzhaigou, Hongyuan and Three Parallel Rivers: Case Studies in World Heritage Frustration and Disappointment

Dr. Shaju Thomas (Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences)

The Western Ghats of India, a World Heritage Site and the UN-SDG 2030: Challenges and Solutions

Sanjay Rattan (ATREE-ARC)

Sustainable Green Religious Tourism within Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India

Rouran Zhang (International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes)(tbc)

Benefits or Burdens? What does World Heritage Listing Bring to Local Communities in Libo Karst World Nature Heritage, China

Karla Nunes Penna (Centre for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation) (tbc)

Managerial Issues of Complex Cultural Landscapes: An Evaluation of the Amazon Rainforest as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site


                 Forum 3: Monuments and Sites

Moderator: Prof. Yonca Erkan, Kadır Has University (tbc)

Mustafa Gönen (Global Heritage Fund)

Beyond Monuments: Empowering Communities Through Historical Preservation in Turkey

John Crofoot (Hasankeyf Matters) / Ercan Ayboğa (Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive)

A Diversified Approach to Grass-roots Activism for Hasankeyf

Anton Solovyov, St. Andrew Landscape Initiative

Urban Development Threatening the World Heritage Site in Kiev - Ukraine

Alicia Castillo Mena (Complutense University of Madrid)

Advances in Heritage Management in Alcalá de Henares, Puebla and Havana

13:00   Lunch

15:00   Parallel Fora Continued

            Discussion and Elaboration of Sustainability Indicators and Resolutions

16:30   Coffee break

17:00   Plenary Session: WHW Global Networking Meeting

18:00   End of Day 1


Saturday, 9 July 2016 (Day 2)


9:00   Forum: International Strategies for the Sustainability of World Heritage Properties

            Dr. Mechtild Rössler, Director, UNESCO World Heritage Center

            Tim Badman, Director World Heritage Program, International Union for the      Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) (tbc)

            Andrew Potts, Focal Point for the Sustainable Development Goals, International       Council for Monuments and     Sites (ICOMOS)

            Gamini Wijesuriya, Project Manager, Sites Unit, International Centre for the Study of            the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

10:00   3 Parallel Fora (with coffee break)

            Indicators for Sustainable Protection and Development of World Heritage Properties

Forum 4: Natural Properties

Moderator: Noëlle Kümpel (Zoological Society of London)

Owen Gibbons (WWF International) (tbc)

“Protecting People Through Nature: Natural World Heritage Sites as Drivers for Sustainable Development”

Andrey Petrov (Greenpeace Russia)

World Natural Heritage in Russia: Is it possible to develop it sustainably?

Yulia Naberezhnaya (Environmental Watch Northern Caucasus)

Sustainable Development for Western Caucasus WHS - Trends and Threats

Sergey Shapkhaev (Rivers without Boundaries)

How to Initiate a Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Lake Baikal Basin?

Matthew Hatchwell (Wildlife Conservation Society)

African Natural World Heritage Sites: An Overview of their State of Conservation

Noelle Kümpel (Zoological Society of London)

Tracking wildlife population trends in natural World Heritage sites

Günter Wippel (Uranium Network)

Tanzania: Selous Game Reserve World Heritage Site at Risk through Unsustainable Developments

Geoff Law (Australian Wilderness Society)

The Tasmanian Wilderness: How do we Ensure that Tourism Development is Sustainable?

Forum 5: Cultural Landscapes

Moderator: Michael Turner (Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem)

Toon Bijnens (Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign)

Civil Society in Iraq: advocating for the sustainable protection of the Mesopotamian Marshlands


Challenges for Sustainability of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany

Dr. Musa Oluwaseyi Hambolu (Veritas University) (tbc)

Civil Actors and the Sustainable Development of Nigeria’s Cultural and Natural Landscapes Designated as World Heritage Sites

Dr. Thant Myint-U (Yangon Heritage Trust)(tbc)

Challenges for World Heritage Sites in Myanmar

Dr. Norov Urtnasan (Mongolian Foundation for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage) (tbc)

The Growing Significance of Nomadic Cultural Landscape in the Sustainable Development in Modern Society

Wiwik Dharmiasih (Yayasan Sawah Bali) (tbc)

Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: Toward a Sustainable Protection and Sustainable Development

            Forum 6: Networking Meeting of Civil Society in Turkey

Moderators: Osman Kavala / Stephan Doempke

13:00   Lunch

15:00   Discussion and Elaboration of SD Indicators and Resolutions

16:00   Coffee break

16:30   Closing Plenary: Adoption of Resolutions

18:00  End of Conference


Sunday, 10 July 2016


All-Day Excursions:

9:00 - 17:00    World Heritage District Sultanahmed (Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue                        Mosque)

9:00 - 17:00    World Heritage Districts Süleymaniye and Zeyrek (Urban Development and                 Management Problems)