Moderator: Helena Rey (UN Environment)

Speakers: Peter Debrine (UNESCO World Heritage Centre), Adam Markham (Union of Concerned Scientists)

The webinar discussed the need to improve collaboration with national multi-stakeholder networks to build resilience to develop destination-level data sets. The discussion also emphasized the role of effective monitoring and data collection practices in protecting World Heritage Sites.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • France

Sectors of activity
Energy, Tourism, Transport

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date


To support tourism sector activities of Morocco at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 22) that will take place between 7th and 18th of November 2016 in Marrakesh, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the governments of France and the Kingdom of Morocco are collaborating as parts of the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framew ork of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP STP) to provide a series of stimulating, sector focused climate webinars. These webinars will reflect 10YFP STP ambition to promote tools and solutions among decision makers and private sector for greener and more sustainable tourism.

The present webinar addresses the issue of the climate change and the tourism activities impacts of the World Heritage Sites. The overriding concern is preserving Outstanding Universal Value – that is, heritage that is exceptional from an artistic, historic or typological standpoint, and which merits preservation for the benefit of mankind.


The report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate providesan overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. The report stresses the importance of sound site management practices. Among other topics, the report addresses:
 impacts of climate change on iconic tourism destinations  how climate change can exacerbate tourism impacts
 management practices that need to be put in place
The objectives of the present webinar are to:
 Present the recommendations of a joint UNESCO/UNEP/Union of Concerned Scientists report Destinations at risk, World Heritage & Tourism in a Changing Climate, published on May 26th, 2016.
 Highlight some of case studies that demonstrate the need for the tourism industries and stakeholders to mitigate tourism impacts on the World Heritage Sites in these times of Climate Change.

Impact and Results

Participants: 42 (22 women, 20 men)