Robben Island - Developing an integrated environmental and heritage management system

Pastor Makhurane, Juanita (2003) Robben Island - Developing an integrated environmental and heritage management system. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In 1996 Robben Island Prison was handed over by the Department of Correctional Services to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology to be developed as a museum, national monument and World Heritage Site. In January 1997, Robben Island opened its doors to the public as a tourist destination. In 1999, Robben Island was declared South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. Since 1997, the Robben Island Museum has been developing an integrated environmental management plan and system, in line with new South African environmental and heritage legislation, which sets out to manage development on the Island with a conservation approach. This paper describes the process adopted by Robben Island to ensure that it is managed to World Heritage standards, and that specifically looks at the approach that integrates the natural, environmental and cultural resources on the Island. In identifying the rich cultural heritage of the Island and its political significance as a place where the “human spirit triumphed over adversity”, the conservation and interpretative strategies that have been developed have focused on intangible heritage, which is encompassed in memory and oral tradition and therefore contributes to the development of a site of living memory.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Pastor Makhurane, JuanitaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage Site; historic site; conservation; management plan; pilgrimage; interpretation; intangible heritage
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 07. Management plan
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Robben Island, South Africa
UNESCO WHC Number: 916
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 09:25
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/510

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