In rural Argentina, an IDB project to restore and conserve the Qhapaq Ñan pre-Hispanic site is empowering local populations as custodians of their ancestral cultural heritage Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Arjona comes from the small Andean village of Santa Rosa de Tastil, in the Quebrada del Toro region of Argentina’s northwestern Salta province. Only 25 people live in the … [Read more...] about The Real Custodians of Heritage: Safeguarding Argentina’s Pre-Hispanic Culture
What if you had to restore a key archaeological site from Pre-Hispanic times but could only use Pre-Incan and Incan construction techniques? How do you find the right people for the job? Well it turns out that together with our counterparts in Salta, Argentina, we found just the right approach to this challenge, and it’s an approach that helps create new employment … [Read more...] about How are tourism investments safeguarding Argentina’s World Heritage Sites?
Preserving Suriname’s “Outstanding Universal Value” Last year when I went to Suriname for the first time ever, even the worldliest among my friends and family struggled to put the small former Dutch colony on a map. Suriname, along with Guyana to its West and French Guiana to its East, make up the “Guianas” a geographic region in north-eastern South America, considered … [Read more...] about How is an urban development project safeguarding a World Heritage Site in Suriname?
When I joined the Bank more than 10 years ago, we had an aging Environmental Policy from 1979 (albeit a leader in its day), and terms like safeguards, sustainability, climate change, natural capital, and sustainable infrastructure were simply not part of the lexicon. But before you are too hard on us, put the world and life of 2005 into perspective: You didn’t have an iPhone, … [Read more...] about Sustainability and Safeguards have come a long way in 10 years …