Heritage

Heritage
Tuareg woman with camel in an eco-cultural village visited during an ICZM and Sustainable tourism course.

Over the last few decades heritage have become increasingly recognised as being a critical component of the overall environment and in many cases, human development. We focus on all aspects of natural and cultural heritage management, the documentation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and the promotion and revitalisation of local cultures and culture-based tourism. Our projects often go hand in hand with local and national heritage policy development. The successful nomination of two World Heritage Sites is part of our growing portfolio. We have also worked on the management plans and different aspects of nine others World Heritage Sites.

Our work includes;

  • Heritage policy development from the local to international level
  • Assessments and feasibility studies on both cultural and natural heritage
  • Preparation of nomination dossier for prospective World Heritage Sites
  • Development of management plans for heritage and heritage sites
  • Conducting heritage impact assessments
  • Planning and implementing heritage tourism
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.
Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the transhumant lifestyle of the Nama people in Namibia and South Africa and the myths, dances and songs of the Le Morne Cultural Landscape in Mauritius make up our world’s heritage. The protection and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as an expression of cultural diversity, has been recognized by UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, 2001, as a driving force in sustainable development, an asset to contribute to poverty reduction, mutual understanding and peace-building (see also; www.whc.unesco.org). Heritage provides us with beacons along our way into the future.