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Published on Jun 28, 2012
World Monuments Fund's preservation work helps bring greater recognition to historic sites around the world, and contributes tangible benefits to the communities that care for them. Each time we collaborate with local colleagues and engage the people who live near a site, we create a beneficial chain reaction. Our conservation returns treasured places to productive use, for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors alike. Preservation generates new jobs and educational opportunities. The conclusion of our conservation work is really just the beginning of a new chapter in the life of a site. Conservation activities leverage new appreciation, inspiration, and investment, and provide opportunities for sustainable tourism and other engines of economic development. Only by engaging local communities and making important differences in people's lives can we hope to preserve the world's most cherished places for years to come.