The need for a common awareness of an evolving cultural landscape

Madoni, Catherine (2018) The need for a common awareness of an evolving cultural landscape. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Nominations for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage list are more and more concerned with areas, than with isolated properties. If the living character of these territories necessitates finding a balance between preservation and revitalisation, numerous factors (e.g. other legislations, strict standards) pose a daily hindrance to their good management, and it is not always easy to find good instruments for preserving their Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). We must be vigilant in maintaining the essence of what has rendered them exceptional, without betraying them, losing their soul, or turning them into a museum. Faced with the demand for lasting development, the principle of upholding the heritage is not possible without involving local people in its management. Only the emergence of a common awareness of the value of heritage by local inhabitants and craftsmen allows for the demands of lasting development to be adapted across the board to preserve the spirit of the place. In the mining basin of Nord Pas-de-Calais, with a modest heritage, we are in an area facing change and great difficulties. Faced with the requirement for a common awareness in understanding the interest in its preservation, it is necessary to develop a common intelligence in order to find and promote solutions adapted to the environmental constraints with respect to heritage and architectural qualities. The setting up of a ‘materials group’ in Nord Pas-de-Calais, of all stakeholders responsible for adapting this heritage to environmental demands, has made it possible to train as many people as possible in traditional techniques, without undue extra expenditure. In view of these facts, it appears that only a federal committee combining local interests, expressing local awareness, and the State, will be legitimate in defining projects that risk affecting the Outstanding Universal Value of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Madoni, CatherineUNSPECIFIED
Languages: French
Keywords: world heritage list; cultural significance; revitalisation; intangible heritage; nominations; inscription; world heritage; UNESCO; Outstanding Universal Value; values; land planning; local communities; community participation; presentation; interpretation; public awareness; Case studies; France
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 07. Education
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France
UNESCO WHC Number: 1360
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 09:33
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 11:33
References: - Le Patrimoine Mondial (2002) – Congrès international organisé par le centre du Patrimoine Mondial de

l’UNESCO et le bureau régional pour la science en Europe (ROSTE)

- Les Biens inscrits au Patrimoine mondial (2017) Arras – Atelier organisé par Patrimoine et Environnement
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1930

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