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1st Seminar of Training and Research for the Future FRIENDS OF THE WORLD TREASURES

Padova and Rivamonte Agordino, May 19-29. 1993

It is possible to say, with Brecht, that "their names are not written into books". An abandoned village, a ritual dance, a closed factory, a wilderness area, these all are "world treasures" that still preserve a living cultural and human value.

Discovering this value, being conscious of it, giving it a new vitality, means to perform an educational implementation far beyond the mere restoration of the object.

Becoming a Friend of the World Treasures means joining a cultural programme which aim is to make the world we live in more civilized and richer, because of the source of nourishment that the past brings.

Because of these aspects, the FWT network of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) is one of the meaningful in the frame of the "World Decade of Cultural Development" promulgate by UNESCO in 1988.

The WFUCA has chosen Padova for the first seminar of FWT, recognizing this way the achievements over the last two years of the local UNESCO Club.

Members and staff of UNESCO Clubs and others organisations with current projects involving the preservation of cultural heritage are invited to the seminar.

A large exhibition will display the works of the seminar and illustrate the projects. Among others, the following projects will be exhibited:.

* the restoration of the old Abattoir of Padova into a cultural regeneration centre and ecological park
* the structural restoration and the cultural and historical regeneration of an old mining village in Val Imperina (Dolomites)
* the rescue of an etruscan theatre of Castelsecco, near Arezzo (Tuscany)
* the preservation of the natural heritage in Formenter Island (Spain)
* the restoration of the historical railway in Volos (Greece)
* the reconstruction of a medieval village in St. Victor la Coste (France)
* the rescue of the tradition of floating timber and rafts along the Dolomites' rivers

General topics:

* development of the FWT network through new forms of support and organisation
* preservation and valorization of cultural heritage
* use and management of the unit or area rescued
* voluntary work camps and building schools
* scientific support


* rescue of industrial archeology
* mining activity as a focus of culture in the Agordo region
* anthropological research in the Dolomites area
* construction and educational functions of the ecological park

dicussion about projects