Space experts and experts in conservation representing more than 30 countries will be united at an International Conference on the Use of Space Technologies for the Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage to be held in Campeche, Mexico from 28 November to 2 December 2005.
Approximately 100 experts who work in the conservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites will attend the Conference. Experts in space technology will also discuss the way satellites can help with the conservation and monitoring of World Heritage sites. These experts will represent, among others, the Mayan World (Mexico; Belize; Guatemala and Costa Rica); Galapagos (Ecuador); Iguazú (Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay); Havana Old (Cuba); Taj Majal (India), the Chinese Wall (Chinese), Calakmul (Mexico), the Altai mountain range (Russia), Cocos Islands (Costa Rica), European Space Agency, NASA (the United States), German Space Agency (Germany), Canadian Space Agency (Canada), Space Agency of Argentina (CONAE-Argentina), Space Agency of Syria (Syria), and universities and research institutions.
This international Symposium has been organized in association with the European Space Agency, UNESCO, the National Institute of Anthropology and Historia (INAH) of Campeche and EURISY, a non-profit European organization which aims to promote the use of space technologies. The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organization with a group of 15 European countries, dedicated to the passive use of space.
The invited experts will discuss the problems of conservation of the sites classified by UNESCO as “World Heritage sites", but they will also discuss the way in which space satellite images and technologies can be used as a tool to benefit conservation and to detect possible risks to this heritage of humanity.