Fourth IHCN Biennial Conference – ‘Economics of Living Heritage Cities’
Fourth Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) Biennial Conference will be held in Pune, Maharashtra from 20-22 November 2013. The theme of IHCN’s Fourth Biennial Conference is ‘Economics of Living Heritage Cities’ which will represent one of the least explored issues in urban conservation works in India, despite being a crucial factor in ensuring sustainable conservation of India’s vast heritage. In order to obtain limited government funds or secure private investment, it is critical to understand the costs and benefits of heritage conservation and to develop a sound argument regarding its overall economic impact.
IHCN first engaged in a dialogue on Economics of Heritage at a working group during its Third Biennial Conference in Mysore in 2011, where members identified seventeen topics for further study under three broad headings: Economic and Financial Aspects, Socio-Cultural Economics of Heritage Management; and Research, Training and Operational Issues. The discussion continued at the International Seminar on Economics of Heritage from 10 to 14 December 2012 in Pune, Maharashtra and Bangalore, Karnataka, organized jointly by the Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN), the Embassy of France in India, and UNESCO New Delhi with the support of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Cooperation (KUIDFC). Considering the relevance of the topic in today’s economic climate, the Fourth Biennial Conference of IHCN will continue the discussion on Economics of Living Heritage Cities, this time involving a broader group of IHCN members and partners.
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