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Landscapes and Heritage Department

Background:
The first work carried out by EPA in the framework of immovable heritage goes back to the rehabilitation of the Royal Palaces of Abomey, started in 1992 with the Abomey 1 programme and finished in 2000 with Abomey 3.
But it is really in 2002, with the Study on the rehabilitation of the historic heritage of Porto-Novo, asked by the Beninese Government and the World Bank, that the idea of a department dedicated to immovable heritage evolved. Consultations started, inspired by the work carried out and gave birth to the "Landscapes and heritage" Department in 2003. The objectives, missions and achievements of the department are described below.

Some achievements

Objective:
Develop a center of expertise specialising in the historic and cultural heritage of African towns and landscapes.

Missions

Target audiences
- Training

Technicians: urban management professionals, urban planners, architects, ingeniors, in charge of public work, town development… In other words, those who create the town, but who are not necessarily sensitive to heritage because they do not have the adequate training.
- Education to heritage

Civil Society: youths, school children, associations…
- Providing of services and advising

Institutions: Governments, towns, individuals in some instances, associations, organisations…
- Research / Publishing
All

A special activity:
The department has taken on the activities of the Africa 2009 Programme.

2012 team:
- Victoire Adégbidi, coordinator;
- Rodrigue Kessou, Architecture and Urban planning Programme Officer;
- Blandine Agbaka, cultural heritage manager.

Contact :
Pôle Territoires et Patrimoines
Ecole du Patrimoine Africain
01 BP 2205
Porto-Novo
BENIN
Tél. (+229) 20 21 28 64
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