Cultural Resources and Heritage

Cardno’s international development portfolio spans significant geographic and cultural regions.  Working amidst this diversity, our professionals are acutely aware of the importance of cultural resources and heritage for current and future generations.

Cardno helps communities preserve their cultural resources and heritage, and as needed, helps protect them from the adverse impacts of project activities so that indigenous communities remain strong.
When conducting environmental and social impact assessments, Cardno’s team often includes anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, and architectural historians with a background in local cultural issues, Indian tribal lands and traditional use areas, and prehistoric and historical resources within the built environment. We are leaders in the development and negotiation of Indian tribal and agency facilitation, negotiation and development of mitigation agreements including:
  • Programmatic Agreements (PAs)
  • Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs)
  • Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)
  • Cultural Resources Management Plans (CRMP)
  • Monitoring Plans. 
Within the US, our experience and knowledge of today’s cultural regulatory requirements facilitates environmental permitting processes, particularly compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966, the myriad of National and State Environmental Policy Acts (NEPA/SEPA/CEQA/MEPA), as well as local preservation ordinances.  Our architectural historians routinely conduct inventories and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility evaluations, author historic context statements, develop historic structures reports, and prepare tax rehabilitation tax credit applications. 
In tourism development, Cardno’s teams are interested in how indigenous people can benefit from the expansion of ecotourism to preserve and promote their culture and way of life.  This could include working with communities to develop handicraft products or tours of the medicinal herb farms used by the community for generations.  
Cardno always adheres to host country laws on the protection of cultural heritage and ensures that internationally-recognized best practices for protecting cultural heritage are implemented.