The long-awaited international seminar on the management and conservation of Joya de Ceren and its surroundings (El Salvador) will be held from 7-11 July 1997. The seminar was preceded by a two-year process of studies and diagnoses on different aspects of conservation and management of the site. The substantive working document produced which will be the basis for discussions between national and international experts with the aim to draw up guidelines for a management plan for the site. The whole process and the seminar was supported by the World Heritage Fund with $35,000 over the two-year period. the results of the meeting will be published by the National Council for Culture of El Salvador.