Daten zum Projekt

Local Dynamics and Integration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Outstanding Universal Value: Evidence from Cultural Landscapes in Ethiopia and Kenya

Initiative: Globale Herausforderungen
Ausschreibung: Integrating Different Perspectives on Heritage and Change
Bewilligung: 30.06.2021
Laufzeit: 4 Jahre


Designation of cultural landscapes as UNESCO World Heritage Sites with outstanding universal values defines a globally recognized status, beyond its local values. However, cultural landscapes are not static, and many of them experience strong local dynamics with massive environmental, economic, and social changes and conflicts. This project aims to understand UNESCO World Heritage Sites as 'living' landscapes that are shaped and transformed through local dynamics including context-specific socio-economic, cultural, environmental and political factors, by taking the cases of Konso Cultural Landscape in Ethiopia and the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests in Kenya. The project will use concepts and methods from social anthropology, development studies and geography to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data on humanenvironment relationships in a bottom-up participatory mixed methods approach. The data collection and analytical tools are chosen in consideration to understanding how actors' interests are expressed, negotiated, and contested. It will also be researched how the local dynamics and development processes affect integration and future of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Thereby, the analysis and understanding of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as 'living' and changing cultural landscapes intends to contribute to a better integration of the changing needs, attitudes and interests of people who live in them, and thus help to develop approaches to maintain their sustainable future.


  • Dr. Girma Kelboro Mensuro

    Universität Bonn
    Political and Cultural Change
    Center for Development Research

  • Dr. Abiyot Legesse

    Dilla University
    Geography and Environmental studies

  • Dr. Eric Kioko

    Kenyatta University
    School of Environment
    Environmental Studies and Community Development