The impact of each dam on cultural heritage is enormous, affecting hundreds or even thousands of sites. Dams are required, however, to offset water shortages and provide electricity for a rising global population. Whilst acknowledging the need for power and water, this research project brings together specialists and interested parties to encourage practical discussion about minimizing damage to cultural heritage during the construction of dam projects. As the global economic crisis and top-level political decisions impact cultural heritage funding, resources must be directed to where they can be of best use.

The ultimate aim of this project is the production of a practical set of guidelines for cultural heritage management in dam construction aimed at developers, foreign contractors, and policy-makers.

We cannot save or even record everything before it is lost, but must consider how best to choose.