Press Contact:
Elinor Betesh
GHF Press Relations

Global Heritage Fund and Prince Claus Fund
Join Efforts to Protect World Heritage

Partnership highlights critical need for investigation,
emergency response and efficient planning

NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2013) – Global Heritage Fund (GHF), an international conservancy that protects and preserves world heritage sites in developing countries, today announced the signing of a new partnership with the Prince Claus Fund. Members from the two organizations met in New York this week where final details of the partnership were formalized, marking another milestone in GHF’s mission to expand its global outreach with a strong network of partners.

The new collaboration between GHF and the Prince Claus Fund deals with the identification and immediate response to cultural emergencies. A thorough assessment will identify needs and activities to mitigate cultural emergencies, enforcing subsequent measures and the deliverance of a plan for a sustainable future of a conservation project. Through this partnership, both organizations will significantly enhance the capacity of the other in terms of human resources, expertise and financial capacity.

The partnership between GHF and the Prince Claus Fund outlines a number of key goals that include improving efficiency of threat monitoring and mapping through the Global Heritage Network and hands-on experience of international experts. Joint research and assessment projects will allow a more accurate analysis of damage to heritage sites facilitating a better understanding of immediate and future development strategies.

The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) program of the Prince Claus Fund provides first aid to cultural heritage damaged by man-made or natural disaster. Launched in 2003 in reaction to the looting and demolition of artworks from the National Museum of Iraq, CER views cultural emergency relief as an integral part of humanitarian aid. Ten years of experience has proven rescuing cultural heritage ignites hope and consolation to affected communities, contributing to the restoration of human dignity, continuity and a sense of identity.

All work involved in recovery and preservation includes thorough planning, conservation, community development and ongoing partnership efforts from the ground, fully integrating local communities.

“We’re honored to have the Prince Claus Fund as our partner in long-term recovery and conservation planning”, said Vince Michael, Executive Director of GHF. “We share a common purpose and our operations are very synergistic: we have a mapping and monitoring system, they provide emergency support and we follow with comprehensive planning. We look forward to working together to enhance the tools, training and capacity needed in order to sustain the local stewardship of heritage in areas affected by conflict and disaster.”

Christa Meindersma, Director of the Prince Claus Fund added, “The Prince Claus Fund is very pleased to join forces with the Global Heritage Fund in a sustained, joint effort to save and protect cultural heritage threatened by disaster or conflict around the world. This partnership gives us the opportunity to achieve far more for cultural heritage conservation and emergency response than we could have done separately.”

About Prince Claus Fund
Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

About Global Heritage Fund
Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is an international conservancy whose mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world. GHF utilizes its 360-degree Preservation by Design® methodology of community-based planning, science, development and partnerships to enable long-term preservation and sustainability of global heritage sites. Since 2002, GHF has invested over $30 million and secured $25 million in co-funding for 20 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development.