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Preserving China’s Ancient Buildings

Stefaan Poortman & Li Kuanghan of the Global Heritage Fund
Thursday, 7 Sep 2017
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
Bloomberg, 22/F, Champion Tower (former Citibank Tower), 3 Garden Road
Registration method: Pre-payment is required.
The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome Stefaan Poortman and Li Kuanghan of the Global Heritage Fund to speak on Preserving China’s Ancient Buildings. In this lecture, Mr Poortman and Ms Li discuss the extensive activities of the Global Heritage Fund in China. This includes major projects in, Lijiang, Foguang Temple, Pingyao Ancient City and Dali Dong Village in Guizhou.

GHF's China Heritage Program was established in 2002. Li Kuanghan explains how over the last 15 years the fund has run projects in Lijiang, Foguan, Pingyao, Guizhou and numerous other sites in China. Since China suffers from uneven and ineffective use of its resources, GHF has responded by leveraging funding for planning and community-based activities into government co-funding for the preservation, conservation, and restoration of protected heritage sites. The fund has also invested in site-related development issues, including urban regeneration, inner city poverty, rural transformation and ethnic pride.

Stefaan Poortman explains how the Global Heritage Fund worldwide focuses on sustainable development through heritage conservation in countries and regions of high economic need. It preserves structures and physical evidence of human history and culture around the world, including in China. It focusses on securing community benefits from the preservation of sites and traditions, and educates the public about endangered heritage sites and their role in community and economic development. The strategy for achieving these goals is multifaceted, including engaging with local communities as well as leading conservation and community development experts. The fund also collaborates with international and local partners to insure maximum leverage of its social investment.

Stefaan Poortman is the CEO of Global Heritage Fund. He is responsible for the management and operation of GHF and the strategic direction of the organisation. Mr Poortman has 17 years of experience with international nonprofit organisations and holds an MA (Hons.) in economics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, with a focus on developmental and environmental economics. Prior to his work with GHF, he worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in the Climate and Energy Program, focusing on the development of voluntary corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting programs in Mexico, India, the Philippines and South Africa. He hails from from the US and has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Kuanghan Li joined Global Heritage Fund in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of the China Heritage Program, managing all of GHF’s conservation Projects in China. Before joining GHF, she has worked as a consultant to the Getty Conservation Institute’s China Principles Project, and has extensive experience with various architectural design and historic preservation projects in the US, India, France, Morocco and China. Ms Li holds a BA in architectural studies from the National University of Singapore, a Masters degree in historic preservation and an Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a Ph. D. candidate at Peking University in cultural heritage conservation.

Members of the RGS and guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a complimentary glass of wine.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Bloomberg for its generous assistance with this lecture.

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