In January the partners of Project Terra—the Getty Conservation Institute, the International Centre for Earth Construction-School of Architecture of Grenoble (CRATerre-EAG), and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome—met in Los Angeles to coordinate current activities and to design and develop long-range plans for future projects to promote the study and conservation of earthen architectural heritage worldwide. Project Terra partners also renewed their commitment to the project by formally agreeing to extend Project Terra through June 2007.

Current initiatives of Project Terra include: (1) cooperative scientific research projects on binding and deterioration mechanisms of earthen materials; this research seeks to address gaps in current information and research in earthen architecture conservation; (2) a Bibliography of Earthen Architecture, compiled over the past decade by the GCI, which will be posted in PDF format in the Conservation section of the Getty Web site during 2002; and (3) a critical review of the trends and needs found in the research literature of the conservation of earthen architecture and allied fields over the last 20 years, to be published in 2003 as a volume of the GCI's Research in Conservation series.