SPI and Upcoming Cultural Heritage Events in Europe

Sustainable Preservation Initiative is heading to Europe. Founder Larry Coben will speak at ICOMOS’s 17th General Assembly, “Heritage, a Driver of Development,” convening in Paris, France from November 28th to December 1st, 2011.  ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is the only global non-government organization working for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage sites.

What does SPI hope to bring to the ICOMOS Assembly?

SPI focuses on the communities at places with heritage at risk. We believe in empowering communities to create their own businesses and local jobs that are tied to the preservation of an endangered archaeological site. It’s two for the price of one. It’s win-win. And it’s the only paradigm that sustains both long-term preservation and community development.

“People can’t eat their history,” says Larry Coben, founder and CEO of SPI, “we need to provide an alternative to other potential economic uses of archaeological sites, such as looting, agriculture, grazing, residential and commercial uses. That enables us to help people better their lives and gives them a powerful economic incentive to preserve our shared heritage.” And this is exactly what Coben will address in Paris with his talk, “Toward a Locally-Based Ownership Paradigm: Case Studies in Sustainable Preservation and Development” on Tuesday, November 29th.

Other upcoming cultural heritage events:

Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 22, 2011), the World Monuments Fund presents: “From Babylon to Bauhaus: Conservation and Interpretation” in Florence, Italy – Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

For more information: http://www.wmf.org/get-involved/events-exhibitions

From November 24-26, the British School at Rome is holding “Our Future’s Past: Sustainable Cultural Heritage in the 21st century.”

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