Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Gingerbread district of Port-au-Prince features on the World Watch Monuments 2020 of the World Monuments Fund (WMF). On this list announced on October 29, 2019, the Gingerbread district of Port-au-Prince rubs shoulders with other world-famous treasures such as Easter Island in Chile, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, or the sacred village of Incas in Peru
World Monuments Watch is a biennial selection of endangered cultural heritage sites that combine great historical significance with contemporary social impact. The 25 sites on the 2020 list, representing 22 countries, offer compelling conservation opportunities, even as they face threats such as increasing urbanization, political unrest, natural disasters and violent conflict.
The Gingerbread district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where “ investment in its historic houses will continue to house a vital educational and cultural offer in the Haitian capital “, was selected for the 2020 with more than 250 applications, after a series of in-depth reviews, by an independent panel of international preservation experts.
The World Monuments Fund will now partner with local stakeholders at each site to design and implement targeted activities – including advocacy, planning, education and conservation interventions – that will reinforce community awareness, social inclusion and stimulate the creation of new capacity in the field of heritage conservation. The fund's sponsors, in the first place American Express, joined by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Ford Foundation, will donate an endowment to each site.
« The chosen locations are determined not only by their architectural value, but also by their impact on communities around the world “said Bénédicte de Montlaur, CEO of the World Monuments Fund. “These remarkable sites demand sustainable, community-driven solutions that bring people together and combine conservation and social change. We are delighted that World Monuments Watch is beginning this impact.
The World Monuments Watch is the flagship program of the World Monuments Fund, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in New York, United States. The purpose of this observatory is to identify and preserve important cultural property in danger.
The World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to safeguarding the world's most precious places. For more than 50 years, working in more than 100 countries, its highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to the preservation of important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the world.
Through partnerships with local communities, donors and governments, the WMF seeks to inspire a sustainable management commitment for future generations.
Note that the Gingerbread district of Port-au-Prince has been placed on the list of World Watch Monuments 2010, which has given scope to the FOKAL gingerbread houses restoration project carried out since 2011 in collaboration with the WMF and several other partners, including ISPAN and the Belgian AWaP (formerly Walloon Heritage Institute). This project aims to protect, restore, and promote a unique architectural and urban heritage from the end of 19 e century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The appointment of the World Watch Monuments 2020 is a new consecration of the initiative taken by FOKAL and its partners after the earthquake of January 12, 2010 to save and show the importance of this Haitian architectural heritage
For more information on the 2020 list, visit wmf.org/2020watch