Experts in the fields of history, conservation and archeology from nine South American counties have met in Cusco, Peru to draw up a new 2015-2020 plan for the protection of South American heritage. The have worked on defining and redefining strategies in areas including conservation, for each of the countries involved – including Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and others – and aims to focus on improving compliance with the world heritage convention, which was signed in 1972.
The most important feature of the 1972 document was the linking together of the importance to protect both natural and cultural heritage. With being part of the convention comes several important benefits, the first being that having sites listed on the UNESCO world heritage list is prestigious can drive tourism and raise awareness for preservation and secondly by allowing access to the World Heritage Fund.
During the meeting discussions were held regarding conservation strategies, management of data and sustainable tourism. Also, in compliance with guidelines set by the World Heritage committee, details are also being worked out regarding risk management, impact assessment and pilot projects. The plan will be presented in June to the 39th session of the committee to be held in Bonn, Germany.