Protecting Heritage Places

10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000

Step 7: What do you need to do? (continued)

What are conservation processes?

Conservation processes are all of the processes of looking after a place so as to retain its significance, regardless of whether it is natural, Indigenous or historic heritage.

The Australian Natural Heritage Charter  provides some ecologically-specific definitions for conservation processes. The draft Guidelines for the Protection, Management and Use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Places also provides specific definitions for conservation processes involved in care of Indigenous cultural heritage places. The Burra Charter - The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance  defines processes covering all places of cultural significance.

By using agreed terms to describe the conservation processes, you can help ensure that even when different people talk about what they are doing, they can still refer to a common language. Maintenance, protection and monitoring are the key processes to include in your management plan