Heritage is a broad concept and includes the natural as well as the cultural environment. It
encompasses landscapes, historic places, sites and built environments, as well as bio-diversity,
collections, past and continuing cultural practices, knowledge and living experiences. It records and
expresses the long processes of historic development, forming the essence of diverse national,
regional, indigenous and local identities and is an integral part of modern life. It is a dynamic reference
point and positive instrument for growth and change. The particular heritage and collective memory of
each locality or community is irreplaceable and an important foundation for development, both now
and into the future.