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Why we need a methodology for an integrated approach

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The answer is that we need to demonstrate a synergy between the three cultural heritage programmes in which preservation UNESCO is engaged. Each of them is focused on a specific aspect of the issue: the Memory of the World Program is concerned with the documentary heritage, the World Cultural Heritage Program with the Cultural sites and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program with the Intangible Heritage.

These programs tell the same story from different perspectives. Each of them enriches the story by throwing light on a specific aspect of a cultural and historical environment. While the World Cultural Heritage Program deals with the sites, the Memory of the World Program concentrates on the documentary heritage and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program takes care of the human and social expressions of culture.

The different angles are unique, irreplaceable and necessary for a complete narration. But still, the three programs contribute to the same story. For this reason, while reaffirming the autonomy and the specific competence of the programs, some form of coordination among them would be welcomed. First of all it would mean a more efficient management of resources. Secondly, it would imply a more embracing and complete preserving project. The challenge is to highlight the synergies of these programs and exploit them to achieve a more efficacious preservation of culture.

Coordination does not mean merger. It still means an autonomous management of the three programs. But it also implies an active dialogue between them to design actions, common or complementary, which could be more powerful and effective than the sum by one of the individual ones. To fully grasp the benefits of a coordinated approach, it could be useful to focus on the similarities between the programs.