IFLA Advisory Circle Article: Cultural Landscape and the Nature Culture Journey
The central idea of the Symposium was inspired from a recent, marked shift in heritage discourse globally towards a genuine people-centric engagement. The aim was to stimulate broad discussions that could identify sustainable means to work towards equity, ensuring intellectual and physical access to heritage monuments and sites. It acknowledged and built upon intangible associations with such places, empowering them to protect and interpret the future of our past in times of war and peace; with the increasing support of digital technology. Over 150 academicians, heritage professionals and students from a wide range of disciplines such as archaeology, history, architecture, conservation, urban planning, environmental sciences presented their research.
The Scientific Symposium was divided into four main subthemes. As sub theme 04, the Symposium provided a platform for dialogue on the ´Culture-Nature Journey´ (CNJ), which was an extension of the Nature-Culture Journey launched in 2016 at the IUCN World Congress in Hawaii. Delhi was the first Asian destination for the journey. In collaboration with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and ICOMOS, CNJ sessions were designed as workshops, knowledge cafes, case study kiosks and paper presentations. The foundation of these interactive assemblies was the relationship between people and the natural environment that gives shape to our physical environment and belief systems. The range of discussions built on the growing evidence that natural and cultural heritage are closely interconnected in most landscapes and seascapes, and that effective and lasting conservation of such places depends on better integration of philosophies and procedures regarding their management.