Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Coastal region and small island papers 2


Cultural heritage conservation – a management must

The safeguarding of cultural heritage is an important factor to be considered in the management of a country’s resources, both coastal and inland. On this premise, UNESCO has actively sought to assist Member States in projects to inventory sites of cultural and natural heritage, and to establish measures to protect them for the benefit of present and future generations. Such sites, in addition to their value as sources of national pride and cultural identification, provid practical assets as drawing cards for international tourism and for the recreation of local inhabitants. This annex includes, mainly, an introductory text and some sample illustrations from the Coastal Atlas of North-east Haiti (Atlas côtier du Nord-est d’Haïti), published in French as a product of the Project Route 2004. For details on the Atlas, contact Mr. Ménanteau. In the framework of this UNDP-UNESCO project, UNESCO cooperated with the Government of Haiti during 1995-96 in the recruitment of experts from various countries and domains: geographers, legal advisers, architects (specialized in landscapes, cities, historic buildings and museums) as well as experts in archaeology, museology, economics and administration, and a Chief Technical Adviser. Generally speaking, the interest and participation of the Organization in actions for the conservation of Haiti’s cultural landmarks have spanned at least two decades. Specifically, technical and financial assistance was accorded to the work of restoring the La Ferrière Citadel and the Sans-Souci Palace, two 19th century buildings located on the country’s north coast and inscribed in the UNESCO-sponsored World Heritage List. A specialist has been engaged by UNESCO to carry out a feasibility study towards the launching of a project, the major objective of which would be to establish a national system for the inventory of cultural heritage. The study’s initial steps are to identify Haiti’s resources and needs, as well as the existing documentation on the subject in question, and to set up a schedule for the short-, medium- and long-term implemention of the inventory.

From engraving of Bay of Fort - Dauphin (now Fort Liberté, Haïti),
by M. Ponce, Paris, 1791 (BNF, Cabinet des Estampes et de la Photographie ancienne),
included in the
Coastal Atlas

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