Importance of saving heritage in world torn apart by conflict

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) In a world being torn apart by man made conflicts, disagreements and natural calamities like earthquake tsunami, and floods which wash away not only human settlements, it is very crucial to save our heritage for prosperity.

In recent times there have been few ideas of such compelling force as the concept of world heritage. There are places in nature and culture with a value and importance reaching far across geographical and political boundaries and becoming a heritage of this world in general.

The 12th International conference of national trusts on "Heritage and Development" will be organised by Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) here from December 3 to 5.

The conference, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, draws together National Trusts and other organisations from around the world.

On the very first day of the conference Vice-President Hamid Ansari will formally launch International National Trusts Organization (INTO), a body which brings together national trusts across the globe.

The theme of the conference is heritage and development having sub-themes heritage and globalisation, conservation of heritage in regions of conflict and natural disasters , heritage tourism and conservation, funding for conservation projects, regional cooperation, heritage and education, heritage and conservation management, intangible heritage, legislation for heritage conservation and role of national trusts.

Key elements of INTO importance are cultural and natural heritage of world which is of fundamental benefit to mankind, conservation of heritage, responsibility of present generation for safeguarding heritage, ineffectiveness of current efforts for protection of heritage and threat from social, economic and environmental pressures on heritage sites.

Having at one time referred exclusively to the monumental remains of cultures heritage as a concept has gradually come to include new categories such as the intangible, industrial heritage.

A noteworthy effort is made to extend the concept of the intangible heritage. This is due to the fact that closer attention is now being paid to humankind, the dramatic arts languages and traditional music.


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