13th Annual World Heritage USA International Symposium
in partnership with The World Bank
and co-sponsored by the Italian Trust Fund for Cultural Heritage
and the National Park ServiceEconomic Benefits, Social Opportunities, and Challenges of Supporting Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development
20-22 May, 2010, Washington, DC

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The 2010 World Heritage USA Symposium papers and presentations are made available online courtesy of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

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The 13th Annual World Heritage USA International Symposium, organized in partnership with the World Bank and co-sponsored by the Italian Trust Fund for Cultural Heritage and the National Park Service, will focus on the increasingly complex relationships between cultural heritage and the world’s market economies.  It will look at real world problems and practical solutions through formal presentations, round tables and group discussions.

Looting, mass tourism, and development pressures are some of the market forces now posing a direct challenge to traditional heritage and historic preservation practices and priorities. In both the public and the private sectors, heritage sites and districts are now increasingly seen as potential engines of local development and a possible source of income and social stability for communities. How can these positive and negative economic pressures be reconciled? Which economic and social strategies are most effective in today’s financial environment?  What role can and should heritage and historic preservation professionals play?

This symposium will examine new tools and approaches that can help integrate cultural heritage into social and economic agendas, while still protecting its significance and integrity. Throughout the symposium, the dialogue between participants and presenters will offer the opportunity to understand, compare and assess practices for effective and sustainable strategies.

Attendance is free for World Bank and IMF Staff – please contact urban_chst (at) worldbank.org to register.  All others, please follow the links below to register – space is limited so early registration is advised – registration rates will increase after March 31.


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