Capacitating institutions spearheading the preservation of cultural heritage has been identified as key to fully unlock the benefits of the country’s rich culture.

Cultural heritage is critical especially for tourism development and contributes to maintaining a national, regional and African identity.

There is need for nations to know, appreciate and be aware of what cultural heritage entails.

This as a result will in turn create visibility of the heritage sites.

In the tourism sector there is consensus that the country needs to be aware of the importance of its cultural heritage.

Visibility of the heritage sites coupled with restoration efforts also help to ensure the survival of the sites, says the Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO secretary general, Ms Margaret Chipara.

Safeguarding a country’s cultural heritage is also vital in bringing about national cohesion.

Countries have also used national symbols are used to unify and rally the country towards one goal, says archivist, Mr Blessed Magama.

The preservation of cultural heritage through documentation is also critical.

The creation of an enabling environment in which all cultural expressions may be documented, will also see other areas such as the hosting of festivals and the introduction of the new education curriculum playing a major role in the safeguarding national culture and heritage.