The DBAR Natural and Cultural Heritage Working Group (DBAR-HERITAGE) will serve as the forum to bring together all concerned international, regional, national, and local actors to clearly demonstrate the added value that Earth observation science, technology, and expertise can bring for the conservation and sustainable development of natural and cultural heritage along the Belt and Road area.


WANG Xinyuan

International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals
Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shahina Tariq
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Rosa Lasaponara
Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, National Research Council

Overview of Activities
DBAR-HERITAGE worked towards sharing experiences of Earth observation technologies and Big Earth Data on natural and cultural heritage applications and reviewing results from baseline data collection efforts of SDGs indicators, and for learning and preparing for future SDGs indicator monitoring.
DBAR-HERITAGE will conduct research and review Big Earth Data primarily from multi-sensor satellite remote sensing and its applications to facilitate cultural and natural heritage studies. It identified multiple specific strategies such as, monitoring and assessment of proxies for heritage related SDGs indicators utilizing Earth observation data will be carried out in 2019. The international cooperation network will be expanded and deepened; the prototype of heritage online service and data sharing platform will be launched in 2020, and the SDGs reports will be published from 2020 to 2021.

DBAR-HERITAGE has done important work on field work, and conference organization towards research-oriented goals. It has published 15 peer-reviewed papers with 6 of them in SCI index. DBAR ICoE-Potenza will be launched in the autumn of 2019. Joint filed works and workshops will be carried out in Tunisia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Italy, Egypt, Sri-Lanka and China from 2019 to 2021. The conferences, workshops and training courses will be co-organized every year. The heritage related SDGs products will be produced and shared every year, and online service platform (prototype) in local, regional and global scales in 2019.

Network Development
DBAR-HERITAGE developed multiple partnerships with international bodies and regional research institutes, with goal and outcomes of joint research, student exchange, joint events and joint publications. Its existing cooperation network will be expanded and deepened, the expected agreements will be signed among DBAR-HERITAGE with scientific communities/heritage administrations/institutes/organizations from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and countries of Tunisia, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka, Italy, Myanmar, Peru, Pakistan, Egypt, and Peru.

DBAR-HERITAGE utilized Big Earth Data for new discoveries of Roman sites in Tunisia, developed a Consulting Report, developed World Heritage Database along the Belt and Road, Temporal and Spatial Evolution System of the Ancient Silk Road (V1.0), and organized the 3rd Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO Sites and Sustainable Development.
DBAR-HERITAGE is planning to launch the DBAR ICoE-Potenza, develop Earth observation-based proxies for monitoring and assessment of Heritage related SDGs indicators, develop heritage geospatial database and online service system, produce consulting reports, organize conferences, workshops and training courses, case studies, peer-reviewed scientific papers, new archaeological discoveries.

SDGs Addressed
DBAR-HERITAGE enriched and practiced the SDGs 11.4 indicator through case study of the Yellow Mountain and addressed SDGs 11.4 by collecting information through a questionnaire survey for SDGs 11.4 during the 3rd Huangshan Dialogue.