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World Bank Cultural Site Management Site
April 26 - 30 1999, Washington DC
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Photo and RealAudio highlights for 26 April

Dennis Mahar, Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Group, World Bank Institute, explained WBI�s involvement in training and capacity building, highlighting its consultation with local populations on projects. He noted that WBI is just beginning work in the area of Cultural Site Mangement (CSM), and thus the Workshop�s findings will be extremely valuable in guiding its future work.
Gloria Davis, Director, Social Development Family, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD), World Bank, discussed the Bank�s efforts to examine the impact of its policies on people and society, as well as the impact of people and society on development projects. She observed that when the Bank began work on culture and development, it focused on heritage in general, but the concept is being continuously refined to incorporate the role culture plays in development.
Zoraida Demori-Stanicic, Conservation Department, Ministry of Culture, Croatia, made a presentation on the Salona archaeological site, the largest site on the Croatian coast. She outlined a plan to protect the site�s archaeological and cultural heritage, present the site more effectively and improve information for tourist and educational purposes. She stressed the importance of establishing a bond between the archaeological site and the local community.

Nicholas Stanley-Price, Professor, University College, London, emphasized that there are values beyond a cultural heritage site�s historical significance to consider when formulating plans for its preservation. He noted a divergence in the past between natural and cultural heritage, often due to different government ministries being responsible for each.

Mr. Stanley-Price's thoughts on why we protect

Giovanni Boccardi, UNESCO Program Specialist for Culture, made a presentation on the Baptism Site on the eastern bank of the Jordan River, where remains of a monastery, church and ancient hermits� caves were identified. Plans are now being prepared to develop the site for tourists. The site now exists in a pristine natural environment but will be visited by millions of pilgrims, and the challenge is how to develop the site without altering its character.

Arlene Fleming, Cultural Resource Specialist, World Bank, outlined the objectives of the Workshop, which are to: identify issues, challenges and problems associated with CSM; ascertain strategies for CSM; identify strategy implications for specific Bank-financed projects with CSM components; formulate an action plan for each CSM component of a Bank-financed project; and a draft a curriculum outline for a CSM educational program to be made available world-wide.

RealAudio of Ms Flemings responses to questions on the costing of culture

Participants introducing each other during the opening session of the workshop.
Kreszentia (Tia) Duer, Leader, Culture and Sustainable Development Program, Special Programs/ESSD, World Bank, said that the Bank�s comparative advantage is its experience in large-scale, complex development programs as well as its access to government ministers and other high-level decision makers. She noted that the Bank�s program will be at the cutting edge of the development process and that its aim is to establish ongoing participation and communication between relevant groups and individuals.

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