The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Asian urban heritage PPPs

Case StudiesINTO Projects January 1, 2020

In 2012, we were delighted to collaborate with the Asia-Europe Foundation on an urban heritage project.  We researched and wrote a series of case studies from Asian member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).  These had a focus on Public-Private Partnerships in Asian urban heritage.  Our colleagues at Europa Nostra wrote a similar set about urban heritage in Europe.

These were then presented in Yogyakarta in Indonesia in July 2012.  Experts built on the case studies to prepare a series of recommendations for the ASEM Culture Ministers later that year. They outlined the urgent need for public institutions to co-operate with private stakeholders in all phases of planning, implementation, monitoring and management of heritage cities.

They also emphasised the value that urban heritage enhancement adds to cities by bringing economic development and social vitality. They stressed that heritage must be thought of in terms of socio-economic benefits and profits, and not in terms of costs and liabilities.

We wrote some of our Asian urban heritage case studies about INTO members in the region. However, we also collaborated with other organisations outside our network.  Both international bodies like the Global Heritage Fund and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as well as government agencies and small businesses.  This greatly increased the impact and learning from the project.

The case studies

Planning for conservation

Residential heritage precincts in Canberra (National Trust of Australia ACT)

Polly Woodside Tallship

Maintaining a sense of place in a changing landscape in Melbourne (National Trust of Australia - Victoria)

Heritage counts

Cultural heritage planning in China’s ancient banking capital, Pingyao

University breathes new life into North Kowloon Magistracy

Successful public-private co-operation within heritage policy framework in Hong Kong

Getting the city back to the people

Community heritage conservation in Ahmedabad

Partnerships for heritage

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)

The road less travelled

Sustainable walking tour business in Chennai, India

Kotagede after the earthquake

The role of public-private partnership in post disaster recover (Indonesian Heritage Trust)

Community planning rooted in history

Heritage-led regeneration in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Road to Nationhood

The restoration of Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur (Badan Warisan Malaysia)

Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund, Post-disaster management by Heritage New Zealand

Walled City of Lahore Project

Multi-agency collaboration for urban rehabilitation in Pakistan

Partnerships for successful conservation

The experience of the Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines

Visiting Pingyao with RYHF in 2012


Our INTO Asia region brings together NGOs that celebrate the very best of Asian heritage.

From Jordan and Syria in the far west to Korea and Japan in the east, INTO members are looking after built and natural heritage - both tangible and intangible.

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