Symposium Theme

“Defining the Role of Local Authorities in Managing and Propagating Cultural Heritage”

The aim of the Symposium is to create an international platform to discuss the role of local authorities and the legislative and financial structures of different countries at local level on managing and propagating the cultural heritage, and to share the experiences and disseminate the knowledge through different examples and best practices. 

Conservation of cultural heritage has been assigned as a major responsibility to central governments. Yet, local authorities, especially municipalities as the territorial administrative units are in more direct contact with the day-to-day life of the local community. Local authorities are responsible for the construction, administration and maintenance of the city, including cultural heritage located within their boundaries.

There are different legal and organisational structures among countries regarding the role of local authorities in management of cultural heritage such as planning and implementation, legislative and regulatory control, and the use of financial sources. Although the circumstances change from country to country, it is accepted that local authorities have considerable importance in protection and management of cultural heritage. Thus, the Symposium focuses on the legal authority and role of local governments in relation to the conservation, protection, use, enhancement and management of cultural heritage.  Please focus your paper on the situation in your country.  Case studies or examples may be included, but they should only be used as illustrations to the National or regional situation.  The paper should also address the role of local authorities regarding the conservation of both privately owned and publically owned properties, as appropriate.  We would like the points that apply to your country or regional jurisdiction to include topics such as:

  • Legal and Organisational Framework

Responsibilities assigned to local authorities in cultural heritage preservation; Organizational structures of local authorities for cultural heritage preservation; Relations between central and local authorities and share of responsibilities; Examples and experiences

  • Financial Issues

Financial resources for the use of cultural heritage preservation available for local authorities; Allocation of financial tools by central authorities, and share and limitations of local authorities in using financial sources. Discuss whether local authorities have conflicting interests such as the obligation to compensate owners or finance preservation and restoration of properties if they designate the properties.

  • Managing Cultural Heritage: “Site Management Plans” as a Tool  

The role and responsibilities of local authorities in managing cultural heritage sites;  Conflicts and differences between national and international implementations for World Heritage Sites; The dual structure of central and local authorities; Best practices

  • Capacity Building

The effectiveness of local authorities in capacity building;  including education and training programs, participation and involvement of actors in conservation processes, awareness raising in local community; Best practices for capacity building driven by local authorities  

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