Sustainable Development

The UN Habitat Sustainable Development Goals have finally recognized what heritage advocates have long known – that heritage conservation is a central element in a comprehensive sustainable development effort. But that means nations and cities are to be held accountable for measuring that impact.

Heritage Strategies International can help cities and countries develop and apply meaningful measurements of the use of cultural heritage in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Parallel to the Sustainable Development Goals is the New Urban Agenda, adopted by nearly 200 nations at Habitat III in Quito. The New Urban Agenda reflects the promise of those nations to meet a series of commitments, several of which include heritage conservation. Heritage Strategies International can assist cities and nations in turning those commitments into reality.

While many cities in the world are growing at incredible rates, there are others that are losing population – shrinking cities. Heritage Strategies International, through its companion firm PlaceEconomics, has developed an analytical tool – Relocal – to assist planners, municipal officials, heritage conservation advocates, and others in establishing a framework for building stronger neighborhoods, using vacant and abandoned properties as key parts of long-range plans. The Relocal tool uses diverse, comprehensive data to evaluate neighborhood health and vitality and propose stable, sustainable uses for neighborhoods. It then provides an array of strategic options for each vacant property—an array that allows local choices, responds to a range of funding types, and facilitates the coordination of multiple public and private entities.