Aerial view of Palenque - Chiapas, Mexico Preserving What Matters: Value-Led Planning for Cultural Heritage Sites

Aerial view of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico, one of the largest Maya cities of the Classic period. The site, part of a national park, is surrounded by a substantial indigenous population. As part of national legislation enacted in early 2001, indigenous peoples are to be given education and training with respect to sites such as Palenque, and they are granted free access to sites, use of sites as ceremonial centers, and a portion of the revenue derived from sites. Implementation of these requirements will mark a departure from past management practice. Photo: Guillermo Aldana.