Experts discuss space tech's role in heritage site preservation

By Zhu Bochen and Li Caiyi
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Space technology experts from around the world convened for a webinar on Thursday to discuss the role of earth observation and remote sensing in supporting archaeological research and facilitating the sustainable development of heritage sites.

Amid challenges posed by encroaching human activities, increasing deforestation and frequent natural disasters, experts at the webinar explored the application of big data and related space technology for identifying, monitoring, evaluating and managing historical structures.

Participants also analyzed space information technology's (SIT) advantages in accelerating progress toward achieving the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The webinar served as a key platform for different stakeholders, such as heritage practitioners and policymakers, to exchange ideas and communicate, said Liu Shaobo, deputy secretary general of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO.

HIST co-hosted the event and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Last November, HIST and ICOMOS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance long-term strategic cooperation in protecting and preserving World Cultural Heritage sites across the globe.

Over the next five years, the two sides plan to leverage their strengths and technological expertise, collaborating on heritage monitoring and evaluation, research consultation, capacity building, personnel exchanges and information sharing to minimize the impact of natural and human-induced hazards on cultural properties and their surroundings.

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