The sustainability of management practices in the Old City of Salamanca

A. Pons, A.R. Pereira Roders, M. (Molly) Turner

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to survey the sustainability of management practices followed by local authorities, and their impact on the preservation of World Heritage cities, taking the Old City of Salamanca as a case study. Design/methodology/approach – After a brief introduction to the difficult role of World Heritage properties in the sustainable development of cities, the main concerns of their management practices are presented. The paper then surveys the Old City of Salamanca: before, during and after nomination, using the Auditorium project as an illustration of the threat of new development to the outstanding universal value and the difficulty in regulating it. Finally, the paper discusses the risks of inefficient management practices of such properties. Findings – This survey revealed the inexistence of any management practices uniformly followed by local authorities for the preservation of the Old City of Salamanca. As a result, new urban developments risk destroying the property's outstanding universal value. Practical limitations/implications – This paper discusses the evidence that can help local authorities of the Old City of Salamanca to understand the impact of poor management practices on their World Heritage property. This should also be informative and helpful to local authorities from other World Heritage sites which are dealing with similar situations. Originality/value – This survey contributes to the expert area of sustainable development and urban heritage preservation that is demanding attention from both academia and practice
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)326-338
Number of pages13
Issue number7/8
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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