OWHC 9th World Symposium, Kazan, 2007

Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
June 2007

The 9th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was held from June 19 to 23, 2007 in Kazan (Tatarstan), Russian Federation. The congress, organized by the City of Kazan in collaboration with the OWHC, included a scientific program and a pre-congress workshop for mayors developed by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

The World Congress of the OWHC is a unique forum—held every two years, it brings together politicians and professionals who are committed to the preservation of historic cities, particularly those inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Since the first world meeting in 1991, this event has enabled participants to discuss topics of common interest, to share experiences, and to learn about new strategies for meeting the challenges associated with the conservation and management of World Heritage Cities.

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The theme of the 9th World Congress was Heritage and Economics. The cultural heritage of historic cities is often perceived as a major asset for economic development and an important source of income for the city and its inhabitants. Increasingly, tourism exerts a major role in this regard. However, the protection and management of a city's cultural heritage also embodies other values, cultural as well as monetary, that need to be understood and safeguarded. The Ninth World Congress examined the dynamic linkage between heritage and economics in greater depth and presented tools and guidelines to mayors for confronting the associated challenges with greater insight.

The scientific program prepared by the Getty Conservation Institute for the 9th OWHC Congress included:

  1. A pre-congress mayors' workshop
  2. Four keynote presentations by leading experts on the theme, heritage and economics
  3. A plenary panel of mayors
  4. A poster session
  5. A Kazan students session
  6. A conclusions session

For more information on future World Symposia visit the Organization of World Heritage Cities Web site.

Last updated: July 2008