After four months of field and desk research, the consultancy service provided to enhance Ecuador’s Heritage has been completed. The contract has been executed by the consortium formed by Ingennus, Pyrenalia and Signo Sistemas de Información Geográfica.
The project has been sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Ecuador within the framework of Ecuador’s Cultural Heritage Protection and Recovery Plan.
In order to carry out the consultancy, we have created a heritage baseline of the country and a registration system sorted into six fields: Immovable Heritage, Archeological Sites, Archeological Movable Heritage, Documentary Heritage and Manuscripts, Movable Heritage and Intangible Heritage. We have also established the guidelines and methodology to be applied on both processes, which will be the basis for future heritage studies and consultancies.
Furthermore, 15.500 registration cards have been elaborated, georeferenced and incorporated to the database of the Ecuador’s Public System on Heritage Information (SIBCE). These cards can be accessed online on the website of SIBCE.
A team of 50 professionals -all of them university graduates in different aspects of the heritage field- has participated in this project. In teams of 2 to 4 members, these experts have travelled around three provinces: Santa Elena, El Oro and Pastaza. These places have not been chosen randomly, but because of their locations on the Pacific Coast, the Andes and the Amazon, which has allowed us to learn several key lessons, given the pilot nature of the consultancy.
The Consultancy service, valued at 553.196,37 USD, has been financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).