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Session 1: Introduction to Cultural Resource Management

Cultural resource management encompasses recognition, description, maintanance, security and the overall management of cultural resources. The objective of cultural resource management is to ensure the protection of the cultural significance, integrity and authenticity of the resource for present and future generations through conservation and sustainable resource utilization.

The World Heritage Convention extablished the World Heritage List. The Convention recognizes the importance of creating an inventory of cultural resources and defined the criteria for inclusion of sites on the list. 
The process of cultural resource management summarized in the World Heritage Convention span from initial identification of resources,protection, rehabilitation and presentation. These processes are applicable to the management of all heritage sites. 

The following is a list of some of the most important conventions, charters and declarations which are aimed at providing guidance, methodological frameworks for cultural resource management activities:

 

UNESCO Conventions

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage(1972)

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meeting in Paris from 17 October to 21 November 1972, at its seventeenth session,

 

 

 

Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2005)

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, meeting in Paris from 3 to 21 October 2005 at its 33rd session,

Affirming that cultural diversity is a defining characteristic of humanity,

Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization hereinafter referred to as UNESCO, meeting in Paris, from 29 September to 17 October 2003, at its 32nd session,

Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001)

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, meeting in Paris from 15 October to 3 November 2001, at its 31st session,

 

Other useful readings

Champasak heritage management plan

Lao PDR has a long, rich and splendid cultural heritage, which reflects its civilization and its national history inherited from millennia. This cultural heritage is not only seen in the life-style, in traditional customs and in the diverse activities of the Lao people, but also in innumerable historical and archaeological sites such as buildings, historic cities, city walls and streets, and other constructions.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the role of culture in mapping heritage conservation and UNESCO's drive to use culture mapping as an effective cultural resource management tool, see the presentation delivered by Dr Richard Englehardt, Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific .