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Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site leads the way on sustainable development

View of Ullswater from Gowbarrow Park (Copyright: Lake District National Park/Andrew Locking)

Published today (25 June 2020) by the UK National Commission for UNESCO, new research shows UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value.

UNESCO projects in the UK generate an estimated £151 million of financial benefit each year and help bring communities together to protect and conserve some of the most important places across the country.

The Lake District National Park’s Director of Sustainable Development, Steve Ratcliffe said: “Here in the Lake District we will shortly celebrate the third anniversary of achieving World Heritage Site status. Prior to the COVID19 pandemic the English Lake District was a significant draw both to our international and domestic visitors.  With the reopening of the visitor economy I am confident that we will work with our local businesses, communities and partner organisations to begin reaping again the many benefits that inscription brings. We welcome today’s report, which highlights the economic and social value of UNESCO projects to communities.”

Nigel Wilkinson, Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises added: “As we tentatively take steps out of lock down and back to welcoming visitors to the Lake District, I believe that the value of UNESCO inscription will be important in promoting our business and the Lake District generally. Any tool we can use to help put the Lake District back on the map post COVID-19 is a positive thing for us.”

James Bridge, Secretary-General of the UK National Commission for UNESCO said: “This research shows the unique value offered by UNESCO projects in the UK. They embody community and enable us to preserve and enjoy our most special places and culture. They also pioneer solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems and inspire hope in these unprecedented times. Within this report are a number of case studies that can help inform the UK’s path towards a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis.”

Read the full report here.

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