Antiques & Antiquities
Architecture / Buildings
Areas of Natural Beauty
Books / Writings / Letters / Documents
Flora & Fauna (biodiversity)
Historical Sites / Artefacts
Parks / National Parks
Rites of Passage
Volcanoes / Geothermal Sites
Intangible HeritageIntangible cultural heritage is any heritage that has no physical form such as a dance or language. This a living element of heritage that is passed from generation to generation.
Importance of HeritageHeritage represents value for each generation whereby the knowledge, creative expression and artifacts of the past add to the richness of cultural life. Natural heritage such as ecosystems are essential for the survival of each generation and is also an important element of quality of life.
Heritage IssuesIn some cases, heritage is used as a reason not to change or to grow to meet the needs of the current generation. For example, a city filled with historical sites whereby building new housing and infrastructure becomes expensive and slow due to protection of historical sites. The preservation of heritage can be expensive and surrounded in high culture elitism that prioritizes the opinions of a "cultural elite" over the needs of a community.
OvertourismCultural and natural heritage can have significant economic benefits as they may attract tourists or investments in the local economy such as the headquarters of a firm. As with any resource, heritage can be overexploited whereby it is damaged or becomes detrimental to quality of life. For example, a beautiful beach that attracts a large number of tourists that damage the local ecology or way of life.
|Definition (1)||Value that is handed down from the past.|
|Definition (2)||Old culture and nature that has survived to the present day.|