The following conference, although not a UNESCO event, may be of interest to the World Heritage community:
In a more globalized world, Heritage should be addressed in innovative and sustainable ways, underlining the role of human and natural heritage as a contra-hegemonic trend. By understanding cultural differences, different peoples may find opportunities to enhance their contribution to a more sustainable world.
HERITAGE 2008 aims to gather in an International Conference several worldwide experts on the relationships between Heritage and Human Development, and the Natural Environment and Building Preservation, promoting significant discussion on these relevant topics. The conference is organized with the official support of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.
Vila Nova de Foz Côa is known worldwide for its World Heritage site, Prehistoric Rock-Art Sites in the Côa Valley that was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998. Vila Nova de Foz Côa is located in the Alto Douro Wine Region, which is also inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The Scientific Committee is composed of a group of internationally recognized experts in the fields of heritage preservation and management. Keynote speakers include Prof. Frank Matero, from the University of Pennsylvania, USA; Prof. Tomislav Sola from the University of Zagreb, Croatia; and Prof. Gregory Ashworth, from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2007
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