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Submitted by Christianna on
Congratulations Melissa on bringing this topic to the forefront. The Bank actually has invested in cultural heritage and tourism projects, including supporting artisans and the handicraft industries mostly as components to larger infrastructure projects. In fact, we've done over $4 billion worth of investment since the 1970s. It can take alot of work upstream to get these projects off the ground as taking social, environmental and cultural issues together can be complex however in the end local economic development and job creation are very real results. There is a long standing thematic group dedicted to this topic, Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism which may be of interest to you. http://go.worldbank.org/0M7A96QFQ0