“Our Cultural Heritage, the Key to Environmental Sustainability”
Bali, 11-15 September 2017*
“The safeguarding of historic urban and rural areas and of their associated traditional knowledge and practices reduces the environmental footprints of societies, promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of production and consumption and sustainable urban and architectural design solutions. Access to essential environmental goods and services for the livelihood of communities should be secured through the stronger protection and more sustainable use of biological and cultural diversity, as well as by the safeguarding of relevant traditional knowledge and skills, paying particular attention to those of indigenous peoples, in synergy with other forms of scientific knowledge”. (The Hangzhou Declaration, 2013).
“The long-term sustainability of cultural heritage depends on ensuring its use and on developing local support systems. Without heritage being valued and protected, it will become irrelevant and disappear” (Taboroff, June, 2013).
UNESCO has developed a set of indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development at the national level fostering economic growth, and helping individuals and communities to expand their life choices and adapt to change.
At the 2013 ICNT in Uganda, we began to think more about how INTO and its members can make a positive impact on national development and well-being. This discussion will continue in Indonesia and we will gather evidence from our members, to use in future advocacy work.
With the tagline “Our Cultural Heritage, the Key to Environmental Sustainability”, the 17th International Conference of National Trusts (ICNT 17) 2017 expects to bring together 200 + delegates from across the world who will explore the connection between their cultural traditions and concerns for sustainable development. We need to share our experiences, both scientific and practical, on conservation towards a sustainable environment. The ICNT 2017 Bali will elaborate this into concrete and practical solutions, so that local residents can strengthen their culture and improve their quality of life while conserving their environment.
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from ways to strengthen culture in a dynamic development process; to managing and promoting it across the world, and to including culture and heritage in development policies and programs. Delegates will also examine the following specific issues: the impact of economic development on cultural landscapes; the relationship between cultural rights and social development; issues of heritage preservation and poverty; disaster risk forecasting and management; and the impacts of climate change.
We are expecting more than 200 participants from 65 countries across the world, representing heritage and conservation organizations, research and academic institutions, cultural activists and representatives from related government institutions.
Online registration is now open. Early Bird rates end April 30, 2017.
Bursaries. INTO will provide a limited number of bursaries from donors and sponsors. For successful applicants these will go towards the cost of the airline ticket, accommodation and the registration fee.
REQUEST FOR PAPERS
The organisers seek papers covering the following themes:
These should cover case studies and best practices in sustainable development from diverse perspectives. These papers can be submitted by INTO members and other interested parties.
TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL YOU MUST USE THE ONLINE FORM: CLICK HERE.
Posters will also display the participants’ best practices in an indoor exhibition space.
NOTE: The deadline for Submission for Posters will be 31 July 2017.
The logo is the carving of flower and leaf within INTO’s color. This symbolized the topic of ICNT 2017: Our Cultural Heritage, the Key to Environmental Sustainability. The carving refers to the creativity as part of cultural heritage. Meanwhile the leaf and flower symbolized the nature environment.
International Steering Committee:
Local Advisory Committee:
Local Executive Committee: