Presentation

From November 27 to December 2, 2011, nearly 1,200 professionals and experts active in the field of heritage gathered at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the Tri-Annual General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Simultaneously, the international symposium, “Heritage, a Driver of Development” was held at the same venue.

 In addition to the 150 contributions selected for presentation at the Symposium, almost 270 contributors from around the world delivered analyses, proposals, points of debate, questions and original suggestions on four major themes: Heritage and Regional Development; Development and a Return to the Art of Building; Tourism and Development; and Development and the Economy.

 The French Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites wanted to acknowledge the many outstanding ideas and debates characterising the Symposium, initially by providing not only a digital version of all the papers, reports and speeches delivered there (available on a CD-Rom included in this publication), but also an overview of the research presented, summarising its main points, conclusions and proposals. In this context, the importance of the “Declaration of Paris on Heritage as a Driver of Development”, a doctrinal text for ICOMOS designed to provide a series of guidelines for heritage practices in a context of international development, is fully revealed.

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