Established in 2015, IHP is a nonprofit dedicated to community development and heritage preservation through education. IHP will provide under-resourced communities with education and resources to protect, promote, and benefit from the long-term preservation of their cultural heritage. Through its unique international education program, the Heritage Management Field Program, IHP will empower communities to become stewards of their own heritage, contributing to economic development and strengthening local commitment to safeguarding heritage.
Through its Integrated Heritage Management Programs and, building off its education programs, IHP will fund and facilitate Integrated Heritage Management programs in countries where IHP has established successful field programs. Working closely with local communities, IHP will provide funding and professional resources to support community run and owned, heritage management initiatives to implement Integrated Heritage Management plans for at risk heritage sites and/or support other heritage related projects or research.
IHP is a registered 501c3 charity in the United States.
Community development and protection of cultural heritage through education.
To empower local communities around the world to become stewards of their cultural heritage, strengthening a country’s capacity to manage its own heritage, increasing economic development, and safeguarding heritage for present and future generations.
Cultural heritage can be defined as monuments, groups of buildings, and sites that are important to a culture or people. According to UNESCO, “heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”
Cultural Heritage is critical in establishing a sense of place and history and plays a fundamental role in the formation and understanding of one’s identity, as an individual and as part of a community – local, national, and even global. The protection of cultural heritage is a critical aspect of human rights as part of identity and memory formation of cultures. Consequently, cultural heritage can be utilized as a powerful tool to promote or destroy a people’s sense of self and physical connection with their past and present. The destruction of cultural heritage has been used throughout history, and is still used today, as a method by which to eradicate cultural identities.
It was the recognition of this powerful connection that humanity has with these tangible representations of our past that inspired international leaders, after the Second World War to adopt The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict in 1954. Today UNESCO has established more than twenty legal instruments – conventions, recommendations, or declarations – related to the protection of cultural heritage.
There is ongoing loss of heritage worldwide due to many factors, including destructive human behavior, environmental changes, impacts of globalization, mass tourism, and rapid development. In developing countries these threats are even more pronounced. Through the provision of practical resources and the implementation of educational and training programs, IHP will work to strengthen a country’s capacity to manage and protect their heritage resources for generations to come.