Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Steps underway to develop effective heritage inventories

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Culture Minister, John King and OAS Rep for Barbados, Francis McBarnette signing the MOU on the cultural heritage project. (BGIS)

(File Photo) Culture Minister, John King and OAS Rep for Barbados, Francis McBarnette signing the MOU on the cultural heritage project. (BGIS)

A number of persons are being trained on how to improve their heritage inventory models and utilize software developed for the documentation of heritage places.  

This is among the objectives of a workshop which focuses on “Effective Heritage Inventories and National Registers,” which was held at the Radisson Aquatica recently.  

The regional project organized by The Organization of American States (OAS) was inaugurated in Barbados back in May 2013 with a meeting of a group of Caribbean experts.  

They examined the risks related to cultural heritage, the gaps between policy and reality and promotion and protection of the tangible and intangible heritage in the Caribbean region. 

In delivering remarks at the opening, OAS representative to Barbados Francis McBarnette said,  

“We are all interested in achieving sustainable development within our various societies. We are however coming to the realization that development approaches that are sensitive to the local conditions and culture are more likely to be successful and to facilitate equitable outcomes.” 

The project, he explained, should establish a regional framework which should facilitate focused collaboration and planning with a longer horizon to better utilize the available resources. 

McBarnette, who is also the Project Officer, further stated they are now in Phase 3 of the project which will focus on assisting beneficiary countries in Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados. 

He noted, in spite of the richness of the regions culture and heritage, the Caribbean space still face the challenge of harnessing the innovative capacity and potential.  

He believes society needs to recognize and embrace the contribution of culture and heritage to integral development, income generation, poverty reduction and dispute resolution.

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