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LEAP Activities and Projects

Project activities differ from site to site, depending on site problematics and assessed needs. Activities in pilot demonstration sites have evolved into a strategic ten-step sequence, which when followed, gradually leads to community participation and competence in the maintenance, management and development of their heritage. This structural framework of activities provides a model which makes the LEAP experience in demonstration pilot sites replicable and transferable to other communities elsewhere in the region, and indeed, worldwide. The sequential activities are as follows:

Step 1 

Activities which promote a stewardship ethic and community participation in historic conservation.

Step 2 

Hands-on training involving local town and neighborhood managers to develop gazetting, zoning and environmental management plans for both preservation and development of historic sites.

Step 3 

Training and support activities to identify pilot projects within the community through community-based participatory research work.

Step 4 

Research, development and training in low-cost, traditionally-appropriate and historically-accurate techniques for building maintenance and restoration.

Step 5 

Reviving the use of traditional building and associated trades necessary for the maintenance of historic buildings in an authentic manner.

Step 6 

Promotion and training to preserve artisan skills and other intangible cultural activities which have potential market appeal and can be developed into income-generating professions.

Step 7 

Training and promotion of community-based and –controlled tourism industry-related occupations grounded in the accurate interpretation of the unique local culture, history and environment.

Step 8 

Assistance in curriculum development for both formal and non-formal education in local history, heritage conservation and small business management skills in the culture industries.

Step 9 

Assistance to access revolving soft loans and micro-credits for conservation, maintenance and business development.

Step 10

Creating networks for the exchange of technical information among site managers and town planners.