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Registrations are now being accepted for the Ninth World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), to be held June 19–23, 2007, in Kazan (Tatarstan), Russian Federation. The Getty Conservation Institute, working with the OWHC, is planning the conferences scientific program, as well as a precongress workshop for mayors of World Heritage cities.

The theme of the Ninth World Congress, "Heritage and Economics," will be examined through four keynote presentations:

  • "What Is Heritage Economics?" by David Throsby, Macquarie University, Sydney;
  • "How Do You Promote Economic Development Based on Heritage Preservation and Share the Benefits?" by Mona Serageldin, Harvard University;
  • "Managing Development Pressures in Urban Heritage Sites" by Eduardo Rojas, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC;
  • "What Kinds of Practical Tools Can Be Used to Achieve the Goals of Enhancing Both Heritage and Economics in Historic Cities?" by Jean-Louis Luxen, Culture, Heritage, and Development International, Brussels.

Additional conference activities on the theme include roundtable discussions, poster presentations by representatives of World Heritage cities and heritage experts, a public panel discussion among mayors, and a project contest for architecture and business school students of Kazan.

Please visit the Web sites of the Organization of World Heritage Cities and its Euroasia regional office in Kazan for further information, including details about the precongress mayoral workshop, congress program, and registration form.