Chapter 8: Cultural heritage management plan


Chapter Eight: Cultural heritage management plan

Pages: 5

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A cultural heritage plan will usually, but not always, cover areas and items of indigenous cultural relevance. Some countries may not have a defined indigenous population or peoples who identify with, or relate to a current or previous indigenous population.

A cultural heritage plan may, however, also include sites of more general cultural relevance. Archaeological sites and places of historical importance for example often represent links to the past that are important to many people.

One of the mistakes a company will make is to write an extensive plan that only applies to the certification process and is not an operational plan. Another common mistake is delivering a planning document that repeats contents (such as operations procedures) in other documents. This can mean that the management plan quickly goes out of date — a documentation control nightmare.

The point of a simple cultural heritage planning document is to use it as an outline and then guide the reader to the relevant operational documents that cover the requirements of the plan. This can be done very simply by providing a reference (or a hotlink for online documents). In this way if a procedure or policy is changed the cultural heritage plan will not be out of date as it will still reference the current procedures.
This section offers a plan outline. It should help you produce a document that details how your company deals with issues of cultural heritage in its operations. The areas where you should add details specific to your company and its operations are indicated in square brackets.