A Future for the Past - Historic Cities in Development

Oscar Hemer
In many developing countries the old historic towns bear evidence of a rich cultural heritage.The dynamics of rapid urbanization, shifting economic activities, rising cost of urban land and changed political focus are putting pressure on many of the old historic towns. The social and economic characteristics of the towns are undergoing dramatic change. Sida has since late 1980´s supported projects on preservation on cultural heritage.The conservation projects focus on integrated conservation and development, rather than restoration of single buildings. The objectives are not only to enhance the cultural and historical heritage but also to promote the local economy, the social and democratic aspects of development and good governance.