The International Institute on Territorial and Environmental Dynamics started its activity in 2011 as an Iranian-Italian Scientific Cooperation Programme untitled “International School in Heritage Management”. Its first activity was the coordination and organisation of the first edition of the Urbanization and Cultural Landscape workshop in Torino-Italy. II.TED was officially founded in 2014 by Siavash Laghai (Secretary General), Hassanali Laghai and Gabriele Corsani in Florence. In 2019 Elgar Kamjou has joined II.TED.
II.TED received the kind support and collaboration of Alessandro Scotti, Alessio Re, Attilia Peano†, Angioletta Voghera, Bogusław Szmygin, Giulio Mondini, Jukka Jokilehto, Ludovico Follin Calabi, Maria do Rosario Oliveira, Roberto Gambino† and Walter Santagata†. Until today II.TED had more than 130 among its participants and members.
II.TED objectives are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO World Heritage Operational Guidelines. II.TED aims to contribute to Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal on quality education focusing on cultural diversity and Education for Sustainable Development. It also aims to contribute to Target 17.17 of Sustainable Development Goal on effective partnership for sustainable development and target 11.3 and 11.4 of Sustainable Development Goals on sustainable cities and communities, to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, resilient and sustainable”.
II.TED activities are listed under two main categories:
1. II.TED School of Heritage Management,
2. II.TED Territorial Sustainability and Resilience Cities framework.
II.TED School of Heritage Management actively organises series of international scientific cooperation programmes since 2011. These included the Urbanization and Cultural Landscape programme (Italy 2011-2019).
II.TED’s Territorial Sustainability and Resilience Cities framework gives consultancies, capacity-building tools, design cooperation projects and programmes in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organisations, private firms and locally based communities, such as Rofayyeh Museum of Defence (Iran 2019), the Inter-regional workshop on World Heritage and Sustainable Development (Pakistan 2017), and UNESCO Capacity Building workshop on Management Planning of World Heritage Sites in Iran (Iran 2015).