Cultural Heritage Digest – Week of 5/3/20

Links to interesting cultural heritage-related news and articles from the past week.

+ In memoriam: Dr. Guy Suzon Ramangason, former Director General of Madagascar National Parks

+ Copenhagen will be named UNESCO World Capital of Architecture 2023. The focus will be on the role of architecture in sustainable planning and promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

+ Interesting National Geographic article about the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and local communities in Costa Rica. This pandemic has highlighted the need for a more diversified economy, as tourism, as we see now, is not always dependable. However, a small silver lining are the ways and new developments the locals are initiating to help each other and sell local products.

+ The Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) is renamed as Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI). The team has a wonderful list of objectives for promoting and educating sustainable and responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry.

+ What future travel might look like post-COVID-19.

+ World Monuments Fund is hosting a free (but welcoming donations) webinar to discuss the role heritage sites in the COVID-19 recovery process. The webinar will be on Tuesday, May 19 at 12 pm EDT.

+ Analysis of how the ROCK cities have been affected by and responded to the coronavirus crisis. Hint: Increase in digital technologies to promote and educate about culture has been invaluable.

+ Signs of post-COVID-19 life are starting to emerge. In Cyprus, restoration work will resume at 10 cultural heritage sites. The work will follow safety restrictions.

+ Europe Day’s Manifesto on how cultural heritage can act as a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe.

+ The National Trust for Historic Preservation urges Congress to support historic preservation efforts during coronavirus crisis. They believe that by supporting cultural heritage, cultural heritage can acts as a, “catalyze the economic recovery of nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and the arts and culture sector, while also protecting historic and cultural resources”.

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