Projet Cadre consists of a number of components: Courses, Seminars, Research
and Communication Network.
A training course, held on an annual basis and alternating between English and French, will be carried out, aimed at target groups including decision makers and professionals. The first two, scheduled for 1999 and 2000 would be intended for department heads responsible for conservation of immovable cultural heritage within their ministries of culture. These two courses will be used to sensitize these officials to important issues related to conservation and its relationship to sustainable development. This three month course will cover a broad range of topics related to conservation and development. Courses after 2000 will target professionals involved in the conservation of various types of immovable cultural heritage.
Regional seminars would be held yearly at various venues. They would serve as a forum for discussing common concerns and problems as well as a means for disseminating useful information on chosen topics. Partner institutions in the region would be identified for the coordination of these meetings.
A continuing series of research projects will be carried out under the umbrella of the projet cadre in order to gather and analyze new information and to develop new lines of thinking about important issues. These studies would not only describe existing situations, but would also suggest means of formulating solutions to existing problems.
A communication network will be developed to ensure rapid exchange of information
between institutions involved in the programme. Initially this would take
the form of a newsletter with articles detailing information related to the
projets situés and regional activities. A World Wide Web page and
an email discussion group will also be developed to ensure that information
on the conservation of immovable cultural heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa
is available to a wide range of users. Efforts will also be made to ensure
that interested institutions in the region have the necessary equipment and
connections for taking advantage of email and the World Wide Web. Publication
of research results, both on the Web and in book form, is also envisioned
as a means of disseminating information.