A project of the Organization of World Heritage Cities and coordinated by the city of Granada for the promotion of the native craftsmanship of the World Heritage Cities and the visual recovery of the Historical Centers.
CRAFTSMANSHIP. WORLD HERITAGE CITIES aims to promote the indigenous craftsmanship of the World Heritage Cities (WHC) through the creation of a "Quality Seal”; that brings together, under a common denominator, all these indigenous craftsmanship of these cities, in order to preserve them and pass them on to future generations. The aim of the project is not only to promote the indigenous craftsmanship of the World Heritage Cities, but also to make possible the visual decontamination of the Historical Centres through the achievement of the following objectives
Disseminate the exhibition and sale of traditional indigenous craftsmanship using criteria of quality and authenticity
Promote local craftsmen and the process of making products. To reduce the negative effects of visual pollution on heritage sites produced by the aesthetics of many of the businesses dedicated to the sale of handicrafts. Raise awareness among store managers located in the protected areas for the display and sale of local handicraft products
To develop a system of adhesion to the project with the creation of a “quality seal” of craftsmanship.
CRAFTSMANSHIP. WORLD HERITAGE CITIES is a project being developed by the Regional Secretariat for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) in 2012. The intention is to be able to fight and give solution to a series of common problems detected in the great majority of the cities that conform this Secretariat, such as the marginal survival of the traditional crafts due to the development of the production in series as opposed to the manual production; the massive existence of nonnative and artisan products; the expansion of visual pollution in heritage areas; the invasion of public roads by merchandise from shops; the emigration of traditional workshops from historic centres and the disappearance of shops dedicated to traditional crafts due to the establishment of other premises intended for industrial crafts for tourists; or the development of the craft profession in precarious conditions.
In view of these challenges, the project starts in 2017 when the city of Granada assumes the coordination of the project and begins the process of adhesion of the cities of the Secretariat interested in being part of this project:
Angra do Heroismo
Santiago de Compostela
The Regional Secretariat for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean was set up in Cordoba (Spain) on 18 September 2001 with the aim of establishing a network of cities belonging to the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), which would precisely encourage the implementation of common projects and help to strengthen the ties of cooperation between these cities that share a common geographical, historical and cultural framework. She is therefore one of the eight secretaries created to support the General Secretariat of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in its management.
Founded on 8 September 1993 in Fez (Morocco), the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) represents a collective intelligence on all issues related to the urban management of a World Heritage property. The OWHC unites more than 300 cities that have on their territory a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All these cities have a total population of over 164 million people. They are represented in the Organization by their mayor, with the active participation of elected municipal officials and administrators specialized in heritage.