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Workshop on Heritage and Changing Environments

Information about the Workshop 4: Changing Environments

UNESCO identifies changes to the environment as one of the major challenges for the future. This certainly goes for heritage landscapes. Climate change, in particular global warming, will have pervasive consequences for all landscapes alike. Also, landscapes will undergo thorough transformations with increasing urbanization and de-industrialization, impacting urban and rural geographies alike, from historic city centres to industrial plants and agricultural and pastoral land use patterns. Adaptation to these changes through heritage planning is vital. In this workshop attention is focused on the role of heritage in environmental adaptation, in particular with regard to urban-rural interactions and the future of post-industrial landscapes.

Heriland ESRs of the Work Package on Changing Environments

Anna Tonk

Anna Tonk

Newcastle University
Marta Ducci

Marta Ducci

VU Amsterdam
Maitri Dore

Maitri Dore

University of Gothenburg

Work Package Leader

Ola Wetterberg

University of Gothenburg

Workshop Structure


Round 1: Presentations of the case studies and questions.

  • Björn: sustainable development along road 190. Challenge: conflicting interests in landscape planning in periurban areas. Heritage is not seen as part of the regional development. Heritage research: mapping, coordination of existing municipal plans.
  • Marta: Apulia cultural landscape, Italy. Challenge: ongoing landscape transformations, conflicting interests/values or ideas about planning cultural landscape and heritage tourism, who defines, plans and manages heritage. Heritage research: co-creative mapping/workshops.
  • Maitri: Case: West Link, Gothenburg. Challenge: conflicting values in heritage planning, assigning values and negotiating various interests; heritage research. Your approach: critical analysis.
  • Anna: Case: Nääs area, South-West Sweden. Challenge: Renegotiating heritage and landscape values in relation to sustainability and future environmental change. Your approach: Theoretical argument with empirical support for how heritage can be an active connective contributor to realising a sustainable, ‘desirable’ future. 
  • Q&A



Coffee break



Round 2 : ​​Discussion and document creation.

Based on their personal interest or experience participants will be divided into smaller groups which will use the case studies presented as a base for common discussion over suggested topics.


Group 1: Case: LAB190, Västra Götaland Region, Sweden – Regional environment 

Group 2: Case: Apulia cultural landscape, Italy – Rural environment

Group 3: Case: West Link, Gothenburg – Urban environment

Group 4: Case: Nääs cultural landscape, South-West Sweden – Urban Fringe/Rural environment


Participants discuss the case/context in relation to the following suggested points:

  • Values/assets to include or exclude in the planning
  • Participants to involve 
  • How to involve them 
  • Challenges/threats/constraints
  • Connection to societal issues/sustainable development



Lunch break



Coffee and work. Participants wrap up Round 2 among themselves and finalise the document to share with the larger group.



Round 3 : Presentations of the results and common discussion.