Discovering world heritage and sustainable tourism through the lens of photographer Heinz Plenge


Institutional Communication Service

24 May 2021

An online event (upon registration) will be held on Tuesday, 1 June from 6 pm to 7:30 pm featuring one of Peru's leading photographers. What can Heinz Plenge's beautiful images teach us about the importance of World Heritage sites and sustainable tourism? How are these two concepts related and what role can digital technologies play in promoting more sustainable tourism?

During the online event, these and many other topics will be discussed by Heinz Plenge and the members of three UNESCO Chairs: Lorenzo Cantoni and Anna Picco-Schwendener (UNESCO Chair in ICT for the Development and Promotion of Sustainable Tourism and World Heritage Sites - USI), Adine Gavazzi (UNESCO Chair in Anthropology of Health - Biosphere and Care Systems, University of Genoa) and Sara Beatriz Guardia (Catédra UNESCO Patrimonio Cultural y Turismo Sostenible - Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Peru). The preservation of cultural, natural and mixed heritage has received more attention since the creation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972, which includes the importance of preserving them for future generations. In this online conversation, we will discuss the importance of sustainable tourism and the challenges faced by world heritage sites today, through the beautiful photographs of Heinz Plenge.

Photographer Heinz Plenge has traveled extensively through Peru and around the world, capturing spectacular images of World Heritage sites. His photographs have been published in such prestigious publications as National Geographic (English and Spanish editions), Geo (Germany, France, Korea and Spain), BBC Wildlife, Natural History, The New York Times Magazine and many others. In addition to being Peru's leading wildlife and nature photographer, he has worked for many years on conservation and ecotourism projects in his home country.

This encounter also introduces an upcoming online exhibition of Heinz Plenge's photographs on sustainable tourism and world heritage, designed and created by USI Master in Public Management and Policy students (E-Government course).


The event will be held in English and Spanish. Participation is free, but to attend it is necessary to register at the following address: The link to connect to the live streaming will be sent to registered participants.