The cultural heritage

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The cultural heritage provides a physical record of our history. Historical buildings, burial mounds and cultural environments yield information about people’s lives and activities throughout history.

Value of the cultural heritage

The cultural heritage can provide a basis for business activities, tourism and local development, so that cultural heritage protection is an investment in our own future. The loss of buildings, structures or sites is irreversible, and also means that we lose parts of a vital repository of knowledge.

Damage and decay

Many historical buildings and industrial installations are abandoned once they are no longer in use. They need regular maintenance to halt damage and decay caused by wind and weather. Archaeological sites can be damaged by excavations and development, and older buildings maye be demolished as towns grow and develop. It is therefore important to have a clear idea of which buildings and sites we wish to protect for posterity.

Norway will protect a cross-section of its cultural heritage

Norway’s national targets are to protect a representative selection of cultural monuments, sites and environments, and to limit annual losses. Anyone involve in planning processes and development projects must take into consideration the impacts on the cultural heritage.