CHARTER Alliance was featured in the “Conservation Perspectives” newsletter (Volume 38, Number 2, Fall 2023) by the Getty Conservation Institute. Our member, Elis Marçal, E.C.C.O. President, contributed to this edition with the article “Rethinking training in conservation practice. Contributions from an European perspective“.
In this piece, CHARTER is introduced as a project, providing context of the theoretical framework employed and analysed in past reports. The CHARTER heritage ecosystem model and its functions are presented, introducing the essential skills and attitudes identified by CHARTER for heritage professionals, emphasizing their universal importance regardless of expertise level or role. These include recognizing heritage in various contexts, valuing it as a common good, appreciating diverse views, collaborating with different actors, and implementing norms to mitigate risks.
The focus shifts from a rigid scientific approach to a co-creative, participative, and holistic one, stressing the importance of understanding the meanings and values attached to heritage. The CHARTER model also outlines areas for capacity building, emphasizing the need for communication and understanding across various functions, suggesting competences may vary based on job context and role, providing a functional approach for career paths and professional evolution.
You can download and read the full piece here (pages 10-12).
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