Thursday, June 10, 2010

Webinar Series

Heritage Strategies International is pleased to offer a 5-part webinar series on the economics of heritage conservation. Led by economic development consultant Donovan Rypkema, the series will focus on the contributions of heritage resources in local economic development and urban revitalization. These sessions will provide valuable and practical information for planners, conservation advocates, managers of heritage sites, municipal officials, developers and anyone working within a historic urban area. Sessions may be taken individually or as a group.

Session 1 – Introduction
June 24, 2010 10:00am EDT / 3:00pm GMT
The need to demonstrate the value of heritage conservation is growing in both the developed and the developing world. The initial session of this webinar series on the Economics of Heritage Conservation will cover why heritage economics has become an area of research, who is doing the analysis, and what some of the most important findings to date have been.

Session 2 – Measuring Heritage’s Economic Impact
July 15, 2010 10:00am EDT / 3:00pm GMT
Session two examines the specific techniques that are being used to measure the economic impact of heritage conservation. Because there is a variety of “measurables” there is likewise a variety of measurement methodologies. Included will be a discussion of “do it yourself” approaches when complex economic data is not available and academic expertise in the area is in short supply.

Session 3 – Incentives for Heritage Conservation
September 16, 2010 10:00am ESDT / 3:00pm GMT
In even the richest countries in the world, there are not sufficient public or NGO resources to conserve all the built heritage that merits saving. That means, by default, it is necessary to look to the private sector. But heritage investments are often perceived by the private sector as risky and encumbered with complex regulations. Therefore it is often necessary to use the “carrots” of incentives along with the “sticks” of regulations. This session will cover how incentives work, who might provide them, and give examples of alternative incentive systems established in different countries in the world.

Session 4 – Heritage Conservation and Public-Private Partnerships
October 14, 2010 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT
For many valid reasons, public-private partnerships are often viewed with suspicion by the heritage conservation community. This session will detail when a PPP should be considered, the risks to both the heritage resource and the sponsoring agency, and suggest ways to mitigate both risks.

Session 5 – Emerging approaches in documenting benefits of heritage conservation
November 18, 2010 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT
As more interest has been paid in recent years to the economics of heritage conservation, innovative scholars, public sector analysts, and heritage advocates have begun to experiment with new methodologies and approaches. Some of these have attempted to quantify what had formerly been seen as non-quantifiable values such as “quality of life” and “strengthened local communities.” This final session will look at these new approaches, how they are conducted, and some of the findings that have been reached.

Pricing has been established according to the World Bank Economic Categories. Please click here to determine which category your country falls into.

Low Income Countries: $15/session; all five sessions for $60
Lower Middle Income Countries: $20/session; five sessions for $80
Upper Middle Income Countries: $25/session; five sessions for $100
High Income Countries: $30/session; five sessions for $120


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