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Tangible and Intangible Heritage: Two UNESCO Conventions

Participants at the 2007 Round Table in the Erskine and American Church.

The 2nd Montreal Round Table (2007) examined two UNESCO Conventions that have as their primary focus the protection and safeguarding of heritage. These are the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention) and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Participants concluded that the 2003 Convention will inevitably influence the way the World Heritage Convention is implemented. Seen through the

lens of the 2003 Convention, World Heritage will likely identify all the values associated with a cultural space and put more emphasis on the involvement of communities in safeguarding the human activities that are needed to conserve physical fabric.

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