One of the most important reasons for preserving heritage resources is to gain knowledge about our past. Conservation and preservation of our heritage resources helps us understand how we got here and why things are the way they are. It maintains our sense of place and certainty for the future.
Protecting what we already have also makes economic and environmental sense by using what we already have wisely. Further, “eco-tourism” which is one of the world’s largest growth industries is centred around heritage sites and related activities.