The International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO, is devoted to developing and utilizing space technologies for the identification, conservation, monitoring and management of UNESCO-designated sites to support UNESCO and its Member States in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and providing support for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Since its establishment in July 2011, HIST has played a vital role in assisting UNESCO and its Member States in the conservation of UNESCO-designated sites. It has conducted various international projects such as Remote Sensing for Environment of Angkor Site, Monitoring Landscape Evolution and Abnormal Deformations of the pagodas in Bagan World Heritage site, Monitoring and Analysis of Changes in the Forest Cover Loss in Asian Elephants’ Habitats in Sri Lanka, Digital Characterization and Preventive Conservation of the Ming Great Wall, and strengthened capacity building through cultivating 20 doctoral students from developing countries and training 300 representatives from UNESCO Member States. HIST would like to call for global stakeholders to strengthen partnerships and make concerted efforts to use space technologies and other emerging technologies to help UNESCO and its Member States within the next decade to achieve heritage-related SDGs.
Supported by the Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, HIST joins hands with Heritage Science, part of Springer Nature, to launch the special issue (article collection) to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The article collection presents the latest academic achievements from HIST researchers and its international partners.