Today we celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites.
The theme of the celebration this year is HERITAGE CHANGES.
The changes affect different aspects of heritage. Cultural and natural heritage sites adapt to new climatic, social and economic challenges. The concept of heritage expands, covering not only individual monuments of architecture or archeology but also cultural landscapes and sacred sites. Heritage conservation approaches also transform. The involvement of communities and indigenous peoples, as well as the use of traditional knowledge and practices, became the new norm in conservation.
At the same time, heritage changes us. Cultural monuments and sites enrich our knowledge, whereas natural heritage provides us with places for recreation. Heritage makes a significant contribution to the economic development of communities, providing workplaces and generating income for local economies. However, more importantly, heritage expands our horizons, upending our worldview.
We wish you success in the difficult task of preserving our changing heritage!