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Heritage Awareness

Our Approach to Heritage Awareness:


Heritage Awareness is a focal feature of CIE's activities and work with cultural heritage. It is the key to the sustainability of our projects. It is CIE's fervent belief that in order to successfully raise the awareness of heritage, we should first start with the local communities. Once the local people feel engaged with and empowered by their heritage, projects can become much more sustainable and far-reaching. Only through working with local individuals and communities can Heritage Awareness activities be truely successful. 


Through regular consultations and meetings, both prior to and throughout each project's duration, the stakeholders themselves can outline what their needs are, and together we can tailor and design activities that will address and realise their desires through fostering and inspiring long-lasting effects. Our ultimate aim is to try to help our partner communities to take the leading role over the management of their heritage. This approach will also further develop cultural heritage management in and around that area, as well as the heritage field in general.  Our activities create a platform for these stakeholder communities to become involved and together to drive the projects. CIE provides the tools for this, and through our training and development initiatives, we can help to enhance the skills of those involved and working with heritage, as well as reinforcing the infrastructure already in place. Through our widespread international network, we aim to raise the national and international awareness of a particular place, site, landscape, tangible and intangible heritages. We aim to raise the awareness of the local, national and world heritage, but also to raise the capacity of the local area, to take heritage management into their own hands. 


One prominent feature within many of CIE's Heritage Awareness programmes is training and education. Through activities such as fieldschools, NAS (Nautical Archaeological Society) diver training, and workshops, we aim to boost the capacity of the heritage management infrastructure as well as educate the next generation of heritage practitioners. Upon completion of these training activities, it allows the communities and individuals to continue to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills relating to heritage and management practices. Thus these activities can continue to stimulate and develop further awareness in the future that is long-lasting and far-reaching. 


In order to encourage sustainable preservation of heritage, CIE feels that it is essential to involve local communities and heritage practitioners in the promotion and transmission of local, national and international values of heritage. It is not only the adult population which we aim to reach through our activities. We also try to reach the next generation of heritage practitioners and managers, in order to enhance the sustainability of such Heritage Awareness projects in the long-term future. This approach also provides opportunities for the young and enthusiastic to get involved and gain experience in the heritage profession. For example CIE has run educational programmes for teachers and school pupils, fieldschools with students and young professionals, youth development activities with teenagers as well as training for those already working within the profession. 


Our activities and meetings focus upon communication and transparancy, bringing together individuals and groups, embracing the diversity and variety of different stakeholders in exchanging experiences and knowledge of tangible and intangible heritage. Through this level of interaction and involvement we aim to promote awareness and understanding through raising the profile and transparency of heritage.

Featured Activities

THE GOLDEN HARVEST: Feature Length Documentary

Coming Soon

The Mediterranean Diet is UNESECO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and without olive oil, the Mediterranean Diet does not exist.  


The Golden Harvest, a feature length documentary, chronicles the 6,000-year old love story between the people of Mediterranean and olive oil, told through personal stories. 


This is a region that has known hundreds of upheavals and wars, including the current refugee crisis.  But the olive tree has always been there.  In olive oil, people are finding their connection to the past and from that there hopes for the future, whether that be finding an exit out of the Greek economic crisis, surviving the Israeli occupation in Palestine (where olive oil was born), rebuilding a town in Spain through olive oil production, or battling with government over the tearing down of thousand year old trees to stave off a debilitating bug invasion in Italy.  These are just some of the stories viewers will encounter in The Golden Harvest. 


For more on the film, visit


The film is currently in the editing stage, and the filmmakers need support to finish the film.  Any profits from the film will go towards The Zig Zag Center, a planned institution to teach underprivileged young people in the Middle East traditional food cultivation and the culinary arts, so that they may work in the food and nutrition industries.  To donate to the completion of the film:


CIE is an Algemeen Nut Beoogende Instelling (‘ANBI’) for the purpose of the authorities of the Netherlands.  Any donations give a resident in the Netherlands the possibility of a potential tax deduction



CIE Dutch Name:  Stichting Centrum voor Internationale Erfgoedactiviteiten


Bank Address:

Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
1082 PP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

IBAN: NLO8ABNA0470248947



LEGAL STATUS:  CIE is established as a non-profit foundation (stichting) and registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam with number 334257403

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IPD Course, Leiden

June-November 2013

This course 'Into the Project Design' (IPD) was organised for Masters students at Leiden University. Through exploring the World Heritage Site of Galle in Sri Lanka, the students had to deal with issues and key themes such as shared heritage and community involvement. The course included guest lectures from Nurcan Yalman on her work in Catalhoyok, Tharanga from the Galle Heritage Foundation and Jonathan Sharfman from ACHA in South Africa. An identification mission led by CIE to Sri Lanka took place later that year, based off the students work. 


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Our Track Record


Here are some examples of the types of programmes that CIE has run with a focus upon Heritage Awareness:

Youth Development Programme, South Africa

CIE Heritage Academy

World Heritage Site Fieldschool, Sri Lanka

Heritage for Kids and Heritage for Teachers educational programme, Afghanistan

NAS Underwater Archaeological Training, Mozambique, Micronesia


Please read more about these activities in the Projects page.


Countries which CIE have undertaken Heritage Awareness projects with:



South Africa






Sri Lanka







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