Preservation by Design - Mayan artifacts uncovered during ongoing excavations at Mirador, Guatemala. © FARES.

 

Preservation by Design®

Mayan artifacts uncovered during ongoing excavations at Mirador, Guatemala. © FARES.

 

 

Preservation by Design® is GHF’s integrated conservation and development methodology - a living framework that combines long-range planning, conservation science, community engagement and monitoring & evaluation.  Led by our Senior Advisory Board and supported by our Global Heritage Network (GHN) of experts and GHF Project Directors, Preservation by Design incorporates the latest methods and technologies, combined with a partner-driven conservation strategy to increase the prospects for long-term successful and sustainable conservation efforts. 

GHF’s mission is to provide projects with financial and technical resources, and to assist with the building of a conservation and economic basis for sustainable development. The combination of these factors catalyzes the participation of other organizations as partners in a scalable model.  GHF’s strategic early stage investment and de-risking of cultural heritage assets prepares communities for the next stage of significant growth. 

The core elements of GHF’s Preservation by Design methodology are:

• Planning & Increased Site Protection
• Conservation Science
• Community Development
• Partnerships

Preservation by Design also provides critical information for site assessment and selection and identification of key stakeholders and partners. It provides a foundation for efficient project investments that maximize local community participation and transparency, while simultaneously identifying and minimizing project risk. This methodology is replicable and scalable; catalyzing participation and partnership from other organization and institutions. Finally, it allows complementary funding to be leveraged from national and international stakeholders and partners to prepare the sites and communities for the larger more long-term investment opportunities.