Global Heritage Fund

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Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally. Its mission statement says that it exists to protect and preserve significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world, through scientific excellence and community development.[1] GHF specifically focuses its funding and conservation efforts on the developing world because of the scarce human and technical resources in those countries to protect their historical treasures, and for the economic promise heritage sites have as community-based, responsibly-managed tourist destinations.

Founded in California in 2002, GHF has since invested over $25 million and secured $20 million in co-funding for 19 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development.[2] Its "Preservation by Design" model guides each selected heritage project through an integrated process of community-based planning, science, development and partnerships to enable long-term sustainable preservation and responsible development of global heritage sites.[3]

GHF projects[edit]

Projects are selected by GHF's Senior Advisory Board. GHF states that selection is based on a number of factors, including cultural significance of site, need of country or region in question, and high potential for sustainable preservation through community involvement.[4]

Current projects[edit]

Based on information from their website, GHF has 13 currently active projects:[5]

(* indicates a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Completed projects[edit]

GHF has ended its work on six sites:

(* indicates a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Recent initiatives[edit]

Global Heritage Network[edit]

In 2010, GHF launched Global Heritage Network (GHN), an early warning and threats monitoring system that uses satellite imaging technology and ground reporting to enable international experts and local conservation leaders to clearly identify and solve imminent threats within the legal core and protected areas of each site.[6]

Saving Our Vanishing Heritage[edit]

In October 2010, GHF released a report titled Saving Our Vanishing Heritage: Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites in the Developing World.[7] The report surveys 500 major archaeological and heritage sites in developing countries to evaluate current loss and destruction, conservation and development.[8] It identifies nearly 200 of these sites as "At Risk” or “Under Threat,” and 12 as “On the Verge” of irreparable loss and destruction. [9]The Vanishing report stated that there were five accelerating man-made threats facing global heritage sites in developing countries: development pressures, unsustainable tourism, insufficient management, looting, and war and conflict.


  1. ^ "Global Heritage Fund Mission". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Global Heritage Fund (13 May 2012). "Global Heritage Fund Releases New Report Featuring 10 of Asia’s Most Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Preservation By Design". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Project Selection". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Current Projects". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Global Heritage Network (GHN): Threat Monitoring and Collaborative Solutions for Cultural Heritage Sites in the Developing World". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Jeff Morgan. "Saving Our Vanishing Heritage". Global Heritage Fund. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Mark Tutton (18 October 2010). "Report: Ancient ruins worldwide 'on verge of vanishing'". CNN. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Jason Chow (21 October 2010). "The World's Vanishing History". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

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