Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Heritage, Conservation, and Development

  • Martina M. KeitschEmail author
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Heritage: Etymologically‚ “heritage” from Latin “hereditare” denotes a “condition or state transmitted from ancestors” (Etymology Dictionary 2018). Heritage comprises physical artifacts and/or intangible practices, activities and attributes of groups or communities through time, and can be categorized in natural and cultural heritage. The World Heritage Convention (2018) defines natural heritage as follows: “Natural features consisting of physical and biological formations or groups of such formations, which are of outstanding universal value from the aesthetic or scientific point of view; geological and physiographical formations and precisely delineated areas which constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation; natural sites or precisely delineated natural areas of outstanding universal value from the point of view...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DesignNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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  • Astrid Skjerven
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  1. 1.OsloMet -Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway