International Conference for National Trust (ICNT) 2017


ICNT 2017 Gianyar – Bali


September 11-15, 2017



WELCOME to the first of a series of Newsletters about the 17th International Conference of National Trusts.

We very much hope you will join us in the Gianyar Regency of Bali, Indonesia from 11 – 15 September 2017. Registration is now open and Earlybird discounts are available until the 30 April 2017.



The safeguarding of historic urban and rural areas and of their associated traditional knowledge and practice reduces the environmental footprints of societies, promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of production and consumption and sustainable urban and architectural design solutions. Access to essential environmental goods and services for the livelihood of communities should be secured through the stronger protection and more sustainable use of biological and cultural diversity, as well as by the safeguarding of relevant traditional knowledge and skills, paying particular attention to those of indigenous peoples, in synergy with other forms of scientific knowledge (The Hangzhou Declaration, 2013).


The long-term sustainability of cultural heritage depends on ensuring its use and developing local support. Without heritage being valued and protected, it will become irrelevant and disappear (Taboroff, June, 2013). UNESCO has developed a set of indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development at the national level fostering economic growth, and helping individuals and communities to expand their life choices and adapt to change. At the ICNT 2013 Uganda, we began to think more about how INTO and its members make a positive impact in national development and well-being. This discussion will continue in Indonesia and we will gather evidence from our members which we will use in future advocacy work.



With the tagline “Our Cultural Heritage, the Key to Environmental Sustainability”, the 17th International Conference of National Trusts (ICNT 17) 2017 expects to bring together 200 + delegates from across the world who will explore the connection between their cultural traditions and concerns for sustainable development. We need to share our experiences, both scientific and practical, on conservation towards a sustainable environment. The ICNT 2017 Bali will elaborate this into concrete and practical solutions, so that local residents can strengthen their culture and improve their quality of life while conserving their environment.

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from ways to strengthen culture in a dynamic development process; to managing and promoting it across the world, and to including culture and heritage in development policies and programs. Delegates will also examine the following specific issues:  the impact of economic development on cultural landscapes; the relationship between cultural rights and social development; issues of heritage preservation and poverty; disaster risk forecasting and management; and the impacts of climate change.



The ICNT 2017 will take place in Bali, an island in Indonesia with particularly strong cultural roots. Religious rules and rituals are embedded in family life, social interactions of all types, arts, occupations, and practical skills. Its rich tradition is also expressed in the integration of culture and the environment.


The five-day conference will be held at Gianyar, one of nine regencies in Bali. The venues include The Republic of Indonesia Palace of Tampaksiring, the Royal Palace of Ubud, Galleries and Art Space to the old traditional village of Samuan Tiga.



We are expecting more than 200 participants from 65 countries across the world, representing heritage and conservation organizations, research and academic institutions, cultural activists and representatives from related government institutions. An online registration fee will be requested from participants, with an “Early Bird” option.

Early Bird Registration Fee

INTO Member : USD 300

Non Member : USD 350

Student : USD 110

After 30 April 2017

INTO Member : USD 350

Non Member : USD 425

Student : USD 140


The organisers seek papers covering the following themes: – Cultural Heritage and Economic Creativity – Living Tradition and Intangible Heritage – People and Environment in harmony These should cover case studies and best practices in sustainable development from diverse perspectives. These papers can be submitted by INTO members and others interested parties. Posters will also display the participants’s best practices in an indoor exhibition space. Abstract’s submission no later than 30 April 2017, while submission for posters and fully written papers’s deadline will be 31 July 2017.



  • Accommodation. We will provide information on recommended accommodation in the area of Nyuh Kuning Village – Ubud. Delegates will have the opportunity to stay in accommodation ranging from five stars hotels to modest homestays in Balinese traditional houses belonging to local people.
  • Local Transportation. We will provide transportation for delegates during the conference, including a pick-up and drop-off service to the International Airport, I Gusti Ngurah Rai (a distance of 35 km or 1 hour 15 minutes from Ubud).
  • Meals and Drinks. Breakfast will be provided at each of the accommodation venues. We will provide the meals and drinks during the conference excluding dinner when the evening is free.
  • Supporting Document for Visas. We will provide delegates with an “Invitation Letter” to be used for visa applications for those who need it. The Indonesian government provides a “Visa on Arrival” service at the airport for certain countries. Delegates should check their necessary visa requirements at their respective  Immigration Office.
  • Bursaries. INTO will provide a limited number of bursaries from donors and sponsors. For successful applicants these will go towards the cost of the airline ticket, accommodation and the registration fee.








Badan Pelestarian Pusaka Indonesia (BPPI) / Indonesian Heritage Trust

Jl. Veteran I no. 27 Jakarta 10110 Indonesia

T/F: +62.21.3511127



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