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April 18 is annually observed as the International Day for Monuments and Sites [IDMS]. It aims to bring global attention to the need to conserve monuments and sites as our cultural heritage and to “celebrate the diversity of this heritage”.

The Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of Ghana Museums and Monuments, Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah in a statement to mark the day said his outfit “Is  in  the  process  of  updating and  compiling  a  National  Heritage  Register of Sites   and  will  include   mapping  of  Rural  Landscapes  for incorporation  into  the  National  Heritage  Register “

Below is the full statement

This year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites (IMDS) offers another opportunity for the global community of heritage Conservators and heritage Mangers to raise awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits that these landscapes provide, and how rural landscapes are fundamentally related to sustainable development.

The Day again, represents an unmatched opportunity to foster communication and build links with communities while acknowledging their involvement in the creation, existence, evolution and richness of these rural landscapes, and no doubt, in their conservation

In 1982, International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General Conference. Since then, 18 April has been a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage.

Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983 under different themes.

IMDS 2019 is observed under the theme “Rural Landscapes” which refers to heritage   places both the   tangible and intangible in of rural areas.  Rural  Landscapes  encompasses  physical  attributes  such  as  productive  land  ,water ,infrastructure vegetation ,settlements  ,vernacular  architecture as  well  as  wider  physical ,cultural ,environmental  linkages  and  settings .

Some Rural Landscape Sites   in Ghana are as follows:

Kakum National Park, the Ashanti Traditional Building, the Mole National Park, the Ada-Keta Songhor Lagoon Settlers, Kwahu Mountain range farm settlers etc.

Benefits of Rural Landscapes

Rural  Landscapes  provide  diverse  economic  and  tourism  benefits  when  closely  linked  with  the communication  and  enhancement  of  their  heritage  values 

Threats to Rural Landscapes in Ghana include the following:

· Demographic  and  cultural  (Population  growth  in  Urban  areas  and  depopulation  in  rural  areas  ,urban  expansion  ,development  pressures ,loss  of  traditional  practices  techniques  ,local  knowledge  and  culture .

· Environmental  (Climate  change ,pollution  and  environmental  degradation  including  non-sustainable  resource  mining .

Heritage  should  play a  significant  role  in  the  recognition ,protection and  promotion  of  rural  landscapes and  bio cultural  diversity  due to  the  significant  values  it  represents .

Action criteria /strategies for preserving Rural Landscapes in Ghana   :

Specific measures are:  To protect  ,sustainably  manage   the  transformation  ,communicate  and  transmit  Rural  Landscapes  and  their  heritage  values  through: 

· Documentation  of  the  Heritage  Values  of  Rural  Landscapes  in  Ghana

· Inventory  and  cataloguing  Rural  Landscapes 

· Promote  extensive  and  ongoing  cooperation  among  public  institutions  ,non-governmental organizations  and  Universities  for  research  ,information  sharing ,technical  assistance  and  coordination  of  a  wide  variety  of  knowledge  building  activities .

The Ghana Museums  and  Monuments  Board  is  in  the  process  of  updating and  compiling  a  National  Heritage  Register of Sites   and  will  include   mapping  of  Rural  Landscapes  for incorporation  into  the  National  Heritage  Register  .

We (GMMB) are through this medium calling on all stakeholders to support us in the conservation of heritage for posterity. For without it, we have no identity as a people.

Long live Ghana, long live GMMB






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