French and Chinese experiences of preserving and developing natural and cultural heritage.

French and Chinese experiences of preserving and developing natural and cultural heritage.

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance are co-organising a workshop for discussions between French and Chinese experts regarding the challenges linked to the preservation, restoration and development of natural and cultural heritage (national parks, important sites, traditional villages, old urban districts....) in France and in China.

Representatives from both the French and Chinese administrations and local authorities, as well as businesses, consulting firms, and experts from both countries will be participating in this event.

About China's natural and cultural heritage

China’s exceptional natural heritage is a function of its vastness and topography. The country is one of the 17 ‘mega-diverse’ countries whose areas together contain two-thirds of the planet’s biodiversity. An equally exceptional cultural heritage accompanies this rich natural heritage, with the country boasting over 30 UNESCO sites, more that 4,000 nationally protected heritage sites, and hundreds of thousands of traditional villages. The articulation between, on one hand, the protection of this natural and cultural heritage, and, on the other, its social and economic valorisation, is one of the great challenges facing China. Currently under development, the reform of the national parks system aimed at reconciling these two dimensions is one of the most recent examples of a new ‘integrated’ approach, responding to the twin challenges of protection and valorisation by providing employment and creating wealth.

About AFD

As a public financial institution, the AFD fights since seventy years against poverty and intervenes for sustainable development in developing countries, emerging countries and in the French overseas departments. In China, where it intervenes since 2004, the AFD develops missions for sustainable development and for the fight against climate change, in collaboration with China's Ministry of Finances and the National Commission for Development and Reform. Until today, it has been able to support 25 projects at the gross amount of cumulated commitments of about 1.1 billion euros.




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