Friday, December 9, 2011

Report #4 from ICOMOS

During the two days after his address to the 17th General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris Prof Robert Shipley was approached by many delegates at the conference. Overwhelmingly they agreed with him that the importance of heritage resources cannot be measured in economic terms alone. They have their own cultural value separate from the purely financial. James Rebanks, a UK based heritage consultant, went as far as to say that it is time for conservationists to push back and reject the economic concept of the “bottom line” as the only measure for public policy.

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