Architectural Heritage Safeguarding
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Since 1972, the UNESCO Convention has elaborated a list of criteria, the “Outstanding Universal Value”, for establishing heritage values to be used for recognizing and the designation as World Heritage Sites, cultural and natural.
With the UNESCO convention a site or a monument can be collectively recognized because of the importance of its significance: in which this good or object is representative of a history or a society, and how the object contains values of a collective memory, inclusive cultural artistic, historic, social, technical, etc. And this set requires protection for the transmission.

Chettinad sould be considered for international recognition. It has been included into the World Heritage Tentative List for India in April 2014 under the criteria (ii), (v) & (vi) . The Detailed format for "Chettinad, Village Clusters of Tamil Merchants" in available on the UNESCO web site.

Atlas of Chettinad
In 2009, in the framework of the international cooperation programme with the State of Tamil Nadu, the French Regional Council, Région Centre has voted a grant for the Chettinad Project, co-financed by the French Ministry of External Affairs. The programme aims at sensitizing the stakeholders on heritage issues of the Chettinad region. A series of village portraits have been realized from June to December 2009 by the technical team comprised of geographers, architects and urban planners from. More
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Listing and inventories

Listing and Inventories are the preliminary activities of the Chettinad Project. This methodology, according the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and UNESCO guidelines is the first step to protect the Chettinad heritage. Inventories of all important heritage is taken up in order to give priority to conservation, to tourism potential identification, to improvement of awareness and recognition of the value. More
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Conservation and Improvement of Traditional Drainage System
Due to their settlement in a hot and semi arid region the Chettiars have taken their climate into consideration in the design of their homes and villages and the materials used. The sloped roofs typical of Chettinad architecture are designed to harvest water in the courtyards and divert to the different ponds through a water drainage network.More
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Constitution of a Chettinad Heritage House Expert Team
The Chettinad Heritage House is a multidisciplinary team of architects, lawyers and mediators whose role is be to build awareness amongst the population, concerning the protection of the site. This will provide a platform for exchanging information and undertaking joint initiatives. The team of experts will be able to give technical and legal advice and to suggest solutions for adapting the houses to standards of modern comfort and to new functions where appropriate in order to facilitate their continued maintenance. More
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Other Initiatives
The local community begins to be very active, and conduct severals initiatives which reflects the dynamism of Chettinad Culture; such as Museum, Foundations, Workshops. More
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