Heritage Management. The Natural And Cultural Divide

Heleen van Londen, Marjo Schlaman, Arkadiusz Marciniak

In 2005, David Lowenthal commented on the dissimilar approaches to natural and cultural
heritage and how these differences impact the protection and management of these heritages.
His analysis touches on the western European perceptions of nature and culture that go back
to the Age of Enlightenment. In his article, the motivation for safeguarding heritage stands
out, as nature conservationists emphasize the long-term economic or ecological benefits,
while cultural heritage managers point towards cultural or aesthetic benefits (Lowenthal
2005: 87). Others have made similar statements, some eight years later, calling the divide
between the domains a fundamental error (Renes 2013; Harrison 2013).

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