Legal protection of monuments in their settings: a means of maintaining the spirit of the place

Draye, Anne Mie (2008) Legal protection of monuments in their settings: a means of maintaining the spirit of the place. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Several international conventions pay great attention to the safeguarding of the surroundings of protected monuments, landscapes and archaeological goods. In many national legislations, mechanisms aiming at a similar kind of protection were developed. The purpose of this contribution is to examine the protection of “buffer zones” in the international legal context and in the legislation into force in Belgium, more specifically in the Flemish Region. From a legal point of view, several possibilities do exist: specific rules can be developed within the framework of heritage legislation, but the surroundings of protected goods can also be protected by means of legislation on urban development. Protecting and maintaining a valuable monument or archaeological site in their historic environment, a landscape in its beautiful natural setting, can contribute in a considerable way to the safeguarding of the spirit of a place. Even if the commented legal rules consider in the first place the more tangible heritage, the awareness of the existence of a profound relationship between tangible and intangible heritage and the need for integrated conservation are the starting points for the contribution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Draye, Anne Mie
Languages: English
Keywords: setting; buffer zone; legal protection; protection of monuments; protection of landscapes; international conventions
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 06. Operational guidelines
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 06. Doctrinal texts, conventions and charters
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 02. International legislation
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Flemish Region, Belgium
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 17:39
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12

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