Shared challenges facing World Heritage Sites being showcased in exhibition

A CONCERN about Edinburgh city centre’s built heritage previews an online exhibition showcasing how five European locations are responding to several shared challenges, including climate change and tourism.

The Scottish capital is joined by fellow World Heritage Sites – Porto, Bordeaux, Florence and Santiago de Compostela – in the online exhibition being presented by the AtlaS.WH project (aka Atlantic World Heritage Sites).

And begins the Edinburgh section of the exhibition: “Around 75 per cent of the buildings in the World Heritage Site [in the city centre] are listed.

“Most of these buildings are privately-owned individual houses or tenements.

“The conservation of these buildings represents a major challenge to the city due to a range of issues such as the shared ownership of tenements, the large number of short-term holiday lets and absentee landlords, low levels of preventative building maintenance, and, more recently, the effects of climate change.”

Visit the exhibition, here.

Pictured: The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh

Picture credit: PlaceDesignScotland