Experts Meeting at Prince Claus in November

The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme celebrated its 10th anniversary on 11 November 2013. The event began with a closed consultation with 17 Cultural Emergency Response (CER) partners, including TARA, and international experts in the field of cultural heritage rescue.

Experts Meeting Prince Claus
PHOTO:Terry Little discussing TARA projects with Marianne A. Eijgenraan and Ida de Kat-van Meurs.

Terry Little introduced a session on “Cultural heritage under pressure from human development”. There is a trend where more and more cases of imminent need derive from man-made disasters. TARA has witnessed such a situation in Kisii, north western Kenya, where the increasing demand for soapstone as an ingredient for paints and for carving as well as quarrying for construction of a nearby highway has resulted in the selling of ancient rock engravings. Mitigation of significant cultural heritage damages can only be addressed through offering alternative sources of income and highlighting public awareness as to the plight of Kenya’s cultural heritage. Prince Claus provided support to TARA in addressing the situation.

Experts Meeting Prince Claus
PHOTO:Terry Little introduced a session on “Cultural heritage under pressure from human development.

Experts Meeting at Prince Claus
PHOTO:Terry Little shairing information about TARA’s project in Kisii.