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25 June 2020

National value of Scotland’s World Heritage sites

New research shows contribution of UNESCO sites to sustainable development and creating value for communities

An aerial photo of Skara Brae - a historic settlement by the sea

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has today (Thursday 25 June) published new research which shows UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value.

UNESCO projects in the UK, which include Scotland’s six World Heritage sites, generate an estimated £151 million of financial benefit each year and help bring communities together to protect and conserve some of the most important places across the country.

The report features as a case study the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) pilot at The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site, showcasing the pioneering approach that was undertaken to assess the impact of climate change to the site.

The report also highlights the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project, which includes a series of capital works to regenerate key areas of the site alongside community initiatives, and the role World Heritage status played in securing funding for the project.

Read the full news release and report on the UNESCO website.

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