African Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management: by Susan Osireditse Keitumetse

By Susan Osireditse Keitumetse

For decades, source conservationists have seen environmental conservation as synonymous with barren region and flora and fauna assets in simple terms, oblivious to the contributions made through cultural and history assets. in spite of the fact that, cultural background assets in lots of components of the constructing international are progressively changing into key in social (e.g. groups’ identities and museums), monetary (heritage tourism and eco-tourism), academic (curriculum development), civic (intergenerational awareness), and overseas assets administration (e.g. UNESCO). In universities, African cultural background assets are dealing with a problem of being introduced into numerous educational discourses and syllabi in a slightly reactive and/or haphazard procedure, leading to failure to completely tackle and examine those assets’ conservation must make sure that their use in a number of systems and via a number of stakeholders is sustainable. This publication seeks to put African cultural history reports and conservation practices inside a world and smooth international discourse of conservation via featuring its different subject matters and issues which are very important for the improvement of the broader box of cultural background reports and management.

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Instead, most archaeologists consider themselves equivalent to historians that is, as students of the past, who may operate in the present but are not students of present society’. Revision to this alignment can be facilitated by the answers to the following questions: 1. Who then will ensure sustainable use of archaeological resources in present needs? In developing countries these are being infused into development sectors with or without archaeologists. 2. Are archaeologists content with leaving their treasures to be appropriated and/or misappropriated in their absence, themselves acting as spectators?

But how do we incorporate sustainable development framework within management of cultural resources and vice versa? One way is to eliminate management approaches that isolate natural and cultural resources in a single landscape such as a national park or game reserve. The isolation practice is prevalent in most of the landscapes commonly known as protected areas in Africa. A continuous assessment of management dichotomies that perpetuate the nurture-nature divide is crucial. In cultural and heritage resources management, the segregation has also resulted in a dichotomy of intangible and tangible cultural heritages.

Chapter 6 in its entirety represents a conservation paradigm in cultural resources management because standard setting (certification) is yet to be considered in African cultural and heritage resources management, if not the broader field. Certification programmes will further lead to specific dissection of ‘…ways that heritage can be considered fragile’ (Sorensen and Evans (2011:39)) and use these descriptors to formulate advance conservation strategies to ensure sustainable development of the resources.

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