IPHAN and RCE have signed an agreement for more cooperation on cultural heritage management. Left: Mrs Susan Lammers, RCE, right: Mrs Jurema de Sousa Machado, IPHAN.

Brazil: closer cooperation between IPHAN and RCE

On 11 April 2016, IPHAN in Brazil and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) have signed an agreement for enhancing their cooperation.

The agreement was signed by RCE director Susan Lammers and IPHAN president Jurema de Sousa Machado at the RCE offices in Amersfoort, and is a next step in the intensive technical exchange between both institutes. Ms. Machado was visiting the Netherlands with two of her colleagues through a visitors’ programme facilitated by the RCE and DutchCulture. 

The cooperative effort, as well as the visit, emphasise the adaptive re-use of heritage, the alternative, non-government financing of heritage conservation and management, and the increasing involvement of communities, and are built upon an exchange of experience and the technical knowledge gained by both countries. IPHAN, the National Institute for Historic and Artistic Heritage in Brazil, is specifically interested in the implementation of relevant policy frameworks in the Netherlands.

The visit of the IPHAN delegation took place between 11 and 14 April and included meetings with several heritage management organisations, such as BOEi, Stadsherstel Amsterdam, the National Monuments Organisation and the Nationaal Restauratiefonds (National Restoration Fund), as well as visits to redeveloped heritage buildings and regenerated urban precincts in Amersfoort, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The visit was concluded with the Brazil Heritage Update, a public expert meeting at the Mauritshuis in The Hague.