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Space for Heritage

© European Space Imaging / DLR
Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

UNESCO is bringing the benefits of space technologies to developing countries through its unique network of space agencies, research institutions and the private sector. These work together to protect, monitor, document, present and share the wonders of our common heritage, our cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Securing access to accurate data is a key component of the protection of cultural heritage; this allows for the timely detection of emerging threats to take the necessary decisions and implement mitigation measures.

The emerging concept of ‘digital heritage’ puts new technologies, especially space technologies, at the disposal of an interdisciplinary group of experts working jointly to understand, document, present and preserve cultural and natural heritage sites. 

Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark

All Open Initiative projects

  • Use space technologies for monitoring and assessment to support policy making and governance,
  • Develop customized tools for the management of each specific site,
  • Include capacity-building activities, to make the best use of increasingly accessible space technologies, and
  • Contribute to the developement of the Digital Heritage concept by developing new tools and applications.

However they are presented here according their most striking contribution to each of these objectives.

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