The GRDC Research Programme on Urban Heritage and Conservation
So what do we gain from preserving and managing heritage assets?
What are the externalities of heritage conservation?


onserving urban heritage - historical buildings, festivals, art forms, dance, music, sculpture etc. - may seem less of a priority compared to more pressing issues such as infrastrcture development, poverty alleviation or job creation.

But effective conservation of heritage resources not only help in revitalizing the local economy of cities through tourism, but also brings about a sense of identity and belonging to its residents.

The objective of this programme is to explore the various dimensions of heritage conservation policies from an urban perspective.

Heritage conservation
is more than just
old stones ...
International Institutions and Organizations Programmes, Initiatives and Networks Conventions, Conclusions and Citations

Full list of docs

Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change: An initial exploration
Research Notes Series E-200.
Conservation and Preservation in Planning Processes: Historical Districts of Kyoto, Japan
Case Study Series E-164.
Heritage and Conservation Strategies: Understanding the Justifications and Implications
Policy Analysis Series E-100.
Prioritizing Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region
Concept Note Series E-045.

What is GDRC doing now?
  Currently, GDRC is focussing on the role that heritage conservation and management plays in overall urban development, with specific reference to urban tourism and economic development.

Have a look at the planned publications under this programme

  • The Sustainable Tourism Gateway
  • Urban Environmental Management
  • Urban Governance

This programme is a part of:
More information on GDRC's Urban sphere
  GDRC's Urban Sphere  

GDRC is a member of
The Asian Academy of Heritage Management Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria Partnership for
Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC)

Important international observances related to heritage:
18 April: Heritage Day
21 May: Diversity Day
9 Aug.: Indigenous Peoples 27 Sept: Tourism Day

Target 11.4 of SDG 11 calls for action to "strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage"

Current Pubs
Future Pubs