The Wider Value of UNESCO to Scotland

From the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site in the North, to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere in the South, Scotland is home to a dynamic, collaborative and growing network of over 35 UNESCO designations.

Our latest publication, UNESCO in Scotland, demonstrates the wider financial and non-financial value of UNESCO in Scotland. It finds that UNESCO designations in Scotland generated an estimated £10.8 million from April 2014 to March 2015 through their association with the UN organisation. In addition, affiliation has allowed designations to leverage the UNESCO brand and collaborate with the global UNESCO network, while accessing a wealth of new programme, partnership and funding opportunities.

Scotland is home to a diverse network of UNESCO designations/sites including two Biosphere Reserves, three Creative Cities, two Global Geoparks, six World Heritage Sites, thirteen Memory of the World inscriptions and three UNESCO Chairs. The publication features these designations and provides case studies demonstrating their wider value to Scotland’s social and economic life.

The report is part of the UKNC’s ongoing Wider Value Project, which in 2014-15 highlighted how UNESCO helped UK-affiliated institutions and bodies to attract at least £100 million in additional income between 2014 and 2015. The research also suggests that there is significant untapped potential for UNESCO in the UK. As part of taking forward the recommendations in Wider Value, the UK’s Scottish UNESCO designations came together to exchange best practice in a workshop hosted by Aberdeen City Council in November 2016. The UKNC will hold similar workshops in Wales, Northern Ireland and the English Regions.

You can find out more about the project here.