Cultural sustainability as it concerne un sustainable development (to sustainability ) Has to do with the Maintaining of cultural beliefs, cultural practices , heritage conservation , cultural as icts own entity, and Attempts to answer the questions of whether or not Any Given cultures will exist in the context of the future. [1] Culture is defined as a set of beliefs, morals, methods, and a collection of human knowledge that are dependent on the transmission of these characteristics to younger generations. [2] Sustainability is defined as the ability to sustain or continue. [3]The two concepts have been intertwined within social and political domains, and as such, have become one of the most important concepts of sustainability .

First mentioned in 1995, providing sustainable development solutions.

Cultural Sustainability can be considered as a fundamental issue, even a precondition for sustainable development. However, the conceptual and conceptual understanding of cultural sustainability in the context of sustainable development remains vague, and the role of culture is poorly implemented in the environmental, political and social policy. Determining the Impact of Cultural Sustainability by Sustainable Development, through multidisciplinary approaches and analyzes. This means examining the best practices for bringing about a culture of poverty and social policy, and developing means and indicators for assessing the impacts of culture on sustainable development. [4]

Cultural sustainability is one of the three pillars of sustainability, but with and economic spheres. [1] The importance of cultural sustainability lies in its influence over the people, as it is made in the context of society by the beliefs of that society. [1]

Socio-political landscapes

Culture has an overwhelming effect on social, economic and political planning, but it has not been integrated into a large scale policy, [5] however, certain policies and policies have been implemented. into some conventions that are implemented on a global scale. [4] Culture is found everywhere within a society, from the relics of previous generations, to the accumulated values ​​of a society. [5] Culture within society can be divided into two, which is important in the description of cultural specific characterizations. These categories, as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCOare „Material“ and „Immaterial“. [5] Material objects such as shrines, paintings, buildings, landscapes and other humanistic formations act as a physical representation of the culture in that area. [5] Although they have a small social and political role, they are more likely to be culturally dependent than others. [1] The accumulation of these cultural characteristics is a measure of sociability, and these characteristics are inherently capable of transforming landscapes of political, social, and environment nature through the influence that these values ​​and historical remains on the population. [5]Little success has come with the implementations of cultural policy within the context of politics of a lack of empirical information regarding the topic of cultural sustainability. [6]The Immaterial category contains more socially and politically applicable features such as practices, traditions, aesthetics, knowledge, expressions, etc. [5] [7] These characteristics embody social and political utility through education of people, housing, social justice , human rights , employment and more. [5] [7]These values ​​contribute to the wellbeing of a society through the use of collective thinking and cultural ideals. Culture also presents more room for expansion on its effects on a society. Specifically, creativity, respect, empathy, and other practices are being used to create a sense of self in the world. [5]

Convention implementation

The project has been developed to increase the importance of cultural success in the field of cultural sustainability. The conventions that have been implemented, have been widely applied, involving multiple countries, across most continents. UNESCO has been responsible for the vast majority of these conventions, maintaining its cultural sustainability and cultural heritage. [8] One of the more relevant conventions established in 2003 is the „Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage“ which proclaims that culture must be protected against all adversarial fighters. [8]This has been implemented as an understanding that culture guarantees sustainability. Implementing policy based on cultural history is in the process of becoming a topic of discussion. Conventions made by UNESCO concerning cultural preservation and sustainability of the world of cultural diversity , which means multiple cultures and ideals within a large culture. [8] [1]

Cultural heritage

Cultural Memorabilia and Artifacts from a Culture History of an Important Role in the Modern Society, and Knowledge of the History of Knowledge, Skills and Methods of Ancestors and Learning. Today, cultures use libraries, art exhibits and museums as a placeholder for these important objects and other culturally significant artifacts. [4] Not only are these objects revered, but the buildings themselves are oftentimes a symbol of cultural integrity to the community. Linking with the other pillars of sustainability, the biggest barrier to cultural sustainability is funding. Economic sustainability links to a number of systems with targets to ensure economic prosperity by eliminating spending where it is not needed.[9] Cultural buildings such as museums oftentimes fail to receive the funding it needs to continue the preservation of culturally significant artifacts. [4]

Sustainable tourism

Tourism is a way of traveling to different places of the world, and exploring new ways of living. Tourism is constantly being criticized for its impact on the social, political and environmental landscapes of its high volume of mass consumers. Within the realm of tourism is more sustainable practices and ideas that are aligned with the idea of ​​cultural sustainability.


Geotourism is a form of tourism which relies heavily on the sustainability, or even the improvement of a selected geological location. [10] Serving as an alternative to Mass Tourism , Geotourism was created with the purpose of aiding in the sustainable development movement. Geotourism is a method that focuses on sustainable culture, ecological preservation and restoration, the welfare of local populous, and the wildlife in the immediate area. [10]The link between Geotourism and Cultural sustainability lies in their role in the natural state of the environment, including the social and cultural environment. Preservation of the local culture has been a key element of local culture, lifestyles, and practices experienced by the people native to that region. [10] This form of tourism provides an understanding of the subject of travel by ethnographic methods, and also calls upon the traveler to become aware of the environment. . [6]Responsibility plays an important role in respect of local people, and preserves local culture. [6] Many countries have adapted this method of tourism, as they do so. [10] Such countries include: [10]
  • Many states within the USA including California & Arizona
  • romania
  • norway
  • Honduras
  • mexico
  • Canada (Montreal)
  • Portugal

As the practice of sustainability in all forms (environmental, social, and economic) becomes a more important topic and gains traction within political spheres, sociologists suggest refining the practice of sustainable tourism. [10] Tazim et al. suggests, but also within the direct involvement of the locals in tourism practices. [6]Although there is a viable alternative for mass tourism, it has had a negative impact on the local population. Issues of fair pay, and the rights of the local people are the basis of the ethical dilemmas of this kind of tourism faces. Tourism has a direct effect on the local populace, and has such, the focus of sociologists has been to maintain the local environment (physically, culturally, and economically) while at the same time culture. [6]

See also

  • Geotourism
  • Sustainability
  • Human rights
  • Sustainable development


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