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Office of International Affairs

Overview

The National Park Service (NPS) is recognized around the world for its excellence in protecting and preserving America’s heritage. The Office of International Affairs allows the Park Service to share its expertise globally through international partnerships.

What you’ll find

Information on the mission and work of the National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs. Explore the site to learn more about the unique and interesting programs the NPS is involved with throughout the world.

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  • International Cooperation: Go around the world with the NPS and host guests from afar.
  • World Heritage: Discover how the American national park idea is being carried out worldwide through world heritage sites.
  • Sister Parks Programs: Learn more about international “sister park” relationships with national parks in other countries. These partnerships increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address many common issues.
  • Technical Assistance Program: Share your talents and expertise in parks around the world. Check out some examples of past technical assistance projects:
    • Europe – NPS Assistance to American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
      This short video highlights the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France which honors European and American soldiers who fought there in WWI. Staff from NPS’s Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) created a comprehensive documentation to provide ABMC with baseline information needed to maintain and preserve the historic integrity of Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Chateau-Thierry, and Oise-Aisne American Cemetery to mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.
    • India – Support on Heritage Preservation Training (NCPTT)
      In 2015, the NPS’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training collaborated with Ahmedabad University on the Development of Heritage Management Programs. NCPTT’s to host an 8-week internship. The intern worked with NCPTT Architecture and Engineering staff on a stone database, while also being introduced to all of NCPTT’s programs and the wide range of work NCPTT does with partners across the U.S. With other US/ICOMOS interns, she also participated in a study tour of sustainable architecture and preservation projects in Louisiana.
    • Libya – NPS Provides Assistance to Libyan Department of Antiquities
      • “Protecting Libya cultural heritage” Archeological training workshops Libyan archeologist face almost insurmountable challenges; a civil war, antiquities smuggling, a lack of a well-established legal system and uncertainty about the place of historic preservation in a post- Gaddafi Libya. The NPS joined with Oberlin College, the Libyan Department of Antiquities, and the U.S. State Department’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to preserve the “soul of the nation.” An NPS archeologist traveled to Tunisia to provide training for Libyan archeologists in digital photogrammetric methods for preserving archeological sites, landscapes, and artifacts, to capture the breadth of the archeological record at this pivotal time in their history.
      • “Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities” workshop  Among the U.S. experts was a National Park Service special agent, who made presentations in evaluating archaeological site damage, assessing the impact of that damage, and preparing documentation to make a claim for investigation and repatriation of Libyan cultural artifacts appearing in the US market. He also assisted in guiding hands-on practical exercises that were part of the workshop.
    • Senegal – Capacity Building for Submerged Cultural Resources
      NPS Submerged Resources Center (SRC) helped to train Senegal’s first underwater archeologists. Part of the larger NPS/State Department/Smithsonian/George Washington University partnership entitled Protecting Slave Related Sites and Antiquities (PSRSA) this project continues to build the Senegalese capacity and foster the protection, preservation, and study of maritime heritage sites associated with the international slave trade.
    • South Africa – NPS Supports Anti-Poaching Workshop at Kruger NP
      U.S. Army chief scientist Stephen Lee organized a workshop in South Africa’s Kruger National Park to highlight US Army and NPS methods to combat poaching. NPS & US Army staff also learned about the variety of programs that SANParks employs to alleviate its shortage of rangers in the field, including drones, sound coordinating equipment and canine tactical deployments. Both sides discussed future collaborations to share lessons learned in search and rescue, tactical emergency medical operations, fire management and community involvement.

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Stay up to date with current happenings in the Office of International Affairs on their Facebook page.

Take an in-depth look into the Office of International Affairs and its affiliated programs  by reviewing these PDFs

 

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