A Common Heritage
The Right to Starlight

 
International Initiative in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky as Mankind’s Scientific, Cultural and Environmental Right
 
 


 

Starlight Reserve
 
 

 


STARLIGHT RESERVES
AND WORLD HERITAGE
Scientific, Cultural and Environmental Values


International Workshop and Expert Meeting

Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), 10-11 March 2009

The International Workshop and expert meeting “Starlight Reserves and World Heritage: Scientific, Cultural and Environment Values”, was hosted by the Fuerteventura Island Council, and organized in cooperation with the UNESCO-World Heritage Centre, IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), and IAU (International Astronomical Union).

This meeting is part of the cycle of the UNESCO-World Heritage activities “Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents”, launched within the framework of the World Heritage Initiative on Astronomical Heritage during the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, IYA2009.

First meeting of the Starlight Reserves Working Group. The overall aim was to discuss the problems of identification of specific categories of natural sites, skyscapes, cultural nightscapes, and exceptional sites for astronomical observation, as “Starlight Reserves” for their possible nominations on the World Heritage List.

MORE INFORMATION - FINAL REPORT

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FUERTEVENTURA
FUERTEVENTURA STARLIGHT RESERVE INITIATIVE - BROCHURE

Fuerteventura Starlight Reserve

IAC - ENO

OTPC
Sky Quality Protection Technical Office

The Sky Quality Protection Technical Office (OTPC) was set up by the IAC in January 1992 to provide advice on the application of the Sky Law (Law 31/1988), which protects the astronomical quality of observatories in the Canaries from: light pollution, radioelectrical pollution, atmospheric pollution, aviation routes. The OTPC provides advice on the application of regulations contained in the Law and produces technical reports for lighting projects and radioelectric stations, as well as issuing lighting certificates.
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Starlight Reserve Concept
 

PROGRAMME
Starlight Reserves and World Heritage

the International workshop “Starlight Reserves and World Heritage: Scientific, Cultural and Environment Values” was held on the island of Fuerteventuura on 10-11 March, 2009.
Programme Starlight Declaration

 
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STARLIGHT RESERVE
Guideline

Developed by Starlight Initiative (IAC) in cooperation with UNESCO-World Heritage Centre (Initiative Astronomy and World Heritage), IAU (International Astronomical Union) and the support of MaB (MaB Urban Ecology Programme of UNESCO), CIE (International Commission on Illumination), OTPC-IAC (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias) and UNWTO (World Tourism Organization).
Document (2.8 MB) Starlight Declaration
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Final Report Fuerteventura
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CONCLUSIONS AND FINAL REPORT
Starlight Reserves and World Heritage

The International Workshop and Expert Meeting ”Starlight Reserves and World Heritage – scientific cultural and environmental values”, held in Fuerteventura, Spain, 10-11 March 2009, was attended by 35 participants and experts from 10 countries.The Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, Ambassador Maria Jesús San Secundo, also participated in the International Workshop.
Report (1 MB) Starlight Declaration
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Lake Tekapo
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Lake Tepako - Starlight Reserve
keep our starlight burning bright

An initiative to establish a Lake Tekapo / Aoraki Mt Cook as Starlight Reserve. This area embraces the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park within the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site and has the highest mountains in New Zealand.
Brochure Starlight Declaration
Case Study Starlight Declaration
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Lake Tepako
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From ancient to modern: the role of astronomy as a cultural experience.
By Margaret Austin (NZ-Lake Tekapo)

Presentation at the International Year of Astronomy. Launch at UNESCO Paris 15 – 16 January and 19 – 23 January 2009.
Article Starlight Declaration
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Hawaii
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The Hawaii State Senate Committee on Economical Development and Technology passed Senate Bill 53:
Starlight Reserve
Statewide Lighting Law

Requires department of business, economic development, and tourism, assisted by a temporary advisory committee, to develop a statewide starlight reserve strategy, including an intelligent statewide lighting law, to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associated cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, and landscape-related values..
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CIE
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CIE
Guidelines and Technical Reports

Artificial Lighting and its Impact on the Natural Environment / Masterplanning urban lighting / Guide lines for minimizing urban sky glow near astronomical observatories, and moore....
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IDA
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IDA
The International Dark Sky Places

Through our International Dark Sky Places program, IDA and its partners certify locations with exceptional nightscapes as International Dark Sky Communities (IDSC), International Dark Sky Parks (IDSP), and International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR).
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Cover Starlight
A Common Heritage

International Conference in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky and the Right to Observe the Stars.
Publication Starlight Declaration
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