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Haiti - Heritage : Revision of the haitian law on the protection of built heritage
11/07/2011 15:57:57

Haiti - Heritage : Revision of the haitian law on the protection of built heritage
The meeting held at UNESCO Headquarters, [7 Place de Fontenoy. Room VI] from today until Tuesday, July 12, 2011, will gather a team of legal experts to launch the process of revision of the law on the protection of built Heritage, in light of the projects undertaken by UNESCO and its partners with a view to making culture an essential part of Haiti's reconstruction effort.

The activity has been set as a key priority by the Haitian Government, and will be organized with the financial support of the Spanish Funds-in-Trust for World Heritage, and concerns the two following projects :

Project 1 : Building strong institutions

Module 1: Towards a revised cultural policy framework for Haiti
To prepare an evidence-based framework for cultural policies covering all fields of culture that takes into account the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders (academics, professionals, artists, designers, students, etc.).

Module 2: Strengthening institutional capacities
To strengthen institutional capacities for the implementation of international conventions ratified by Haiti, in particular the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Module 3: Revising the built heritage policies
To support the Haitian institutions with a modern legal framework and legislative texts for the protection and development of built cultural heritage in Haiti, in full coherence with UNESCO Conventions.

Module 4: Elaboration of a national plan for the museum sector
To support the Haitian Ministry of Culture and Communication in its efforts to protect, conserve and document its movable cultural property and to fight against illicit trafficking through the development of a national plan for museums, and the establishment of legal and protective measures for the sector.

Project 3: Jacmel: Restoring memory, encouraging creativity

Module 1: Revitalizing the historic centre of Jacmel
To enhance the safeguarding of the heritage of the historic centre of Jacmel through the stabilization of the most damaged heritage structures and emergency interventions to strengthen the capacities of local and national technicians.

Module 2: Rebuilding confidence: Crafts for Development
To contribute to poverty alleviation and promote income generation and employment through developing craft enterprises in favour of disadvantaged social groups.

Module 3: Fostering creativity through arts
To offer the youth of the Jacmel area opportunities to develop their artistic talents and to participate in cultural life. To provide the town of Jacmel with a modern and well-structured school of art and culture that will contribute to the tourism potential of the area and serve as a model for other regions in Haiti.

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