In this presentation Dr. Erkan will speak on the importance and need for Management Plans for the UNESCO World Heritage properties, relevant strategies, methods and effective ways of implementation. In specific, Dr. Erkan will highlight challenges in conserving living urban heritage. Furthermore, she will focus on the Historic Urban Landscape approach in order to respond to current and future socio-cultural and economic needs through an integrated management mechanism. It is aimed that while the Outstanding Universal Value of the property is maintained and transferred to future generations, the management of the site contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. This presentation will try to demonstrate the seminal role of communities in preparation of the site for World Heritage nomination, as well as in its affective management and monitoring.
Dr. Yonca Erkan works as Professor of architecture at Kadir Has University since 2008, where she is the UNESCO Chair Holder on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement. In 2017, she worked as a senior consultant at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as the HUL/World Heritage Cities Programme Coordinator. She is a jury member of European Union Cultural Heritage – EUROPA NOSTRA Awards in Education, Training and Awareness Raising (Category IV), as well as Heritage in Motion Awards. Dr. Erkan was a member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO (2010-2014). Her research interests include management of world heritage sites, urban conservation and community involvement. She holds architecture degree from Yıldız Technical University (1993), with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Conservation from the same university (1996) and studied at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received S.M.Arch.S. Degree (1998) and completed her Ph.D. (2007) at the Istanbul Technical University.