Mr. Fernando Paiz, President of the La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation, was invited by National Geographic Society to participate in the forum entitled "Cultural Heroes: Saving the Past", as part of NatGeo videos. This activity was held on May 14, 2014 in Washington DC.
Mr. Paiz was part of a select panel of speakers who addressed the issue of the destruction of cultural heritage due to the destruction of archaeological sites and the prevention of looting for profit. As Cultural Heroes protecting the past, the goal of the speakers in this event was to show their vision and the efforts the implement globally, to preserve the archaeological heritage locally.
The panel members were:
- Fredrik Hiebert: Fellow of Nat Geo in the area of ??archaeology. He has played an important role in the repatriation of looted objects.
- Sarah Parcak: NatGeo Fellow with experience in the use of satellite images to monitor the destruction of cultural heritage sites.
- Corine Wegener: Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer in charge of the Cultural Heritage Disaster Response Initiative of the Smithsonian Institution.
- Fernando Paiz, President of La Ruta Maya Foundation, a nonprofit institution dedicated to the preservation and repatriation of cultural heritage to Guatemala.
- Christopher Thornton: Member of the Research, Exploration and Conservation Group of National Geographic Society, who moderated the forum.
The participation of Fernando Paiz was a recognition to his work and genuine interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Guatemala.
As a passionate person about culture, Fernando was able to share his ideas and the role of La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation as the only organization in the region that seeks for, and conducts, the repatriation of antiquities.
You can watch the video in the following link: