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Session 4: Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment

Cultural heritage impact assessment is the process used to integrate cultural heritage management with the impact of planning proposals. 


Impact assessments are an established process for:

  • ensuring that proponents assume primary responsibility for
    protection of cultural and heitage values that may be affected
    by their proposals
  • forming a basis for statutory decisions on whether a proposal
    meets sustainable development principles, and if so, relevant 
    heritage management and monitoring
  • incorporating community and stakeholder views in assessment
    and decision-making processes.


An impact assessment involves:

  • proponents taking responsibility for ensuring protection of
    identified cultural and heritage values that may be affected
    by proposals. As a result of an impact assessment, proposals
    may be modified to avoid or minimise harm
  • decision-makers who provide a basis for decisions on whether
    a proposal safeguards cultural heritage 
  • stakeholders who provide community views and needs for
  • all participants in determining the basis for cultural heritage 
    management and monitoring if a proposal proceeds.


A cultural heritage impact assessment is prepared to provide a detailed and holistic framework for decision making and for the implementation of a coherent set of appropriate actions for the conservation of cultural heritage sites.
Impact assessments highlight the many issues facing sites in terms of site management, conservation, monitoring and maintenance and the environment in and around the site.






CHIA Baseline study
CHIA assesment of impact




For more information on the role of cultural heritage impact assessments as an effective cultural resource management tool, see the presentation delivered by Dr Pamela Rogers, cultural heritage conservation and management expert from the National College of Arts.




Further reading: 


Lahore Fort Master Plan 2006-2011   (to come)


Shalamar Gardens Master Plan 2006-2011   (to come)