Measures taken to extend the life of cultural heritage while strengthening transmission of its significant heritage messages and values. In the domain of cultural property, the aim of conservation is to maintain the physical and cultural characteristics of the object to ensure that its value is not diminished and that it will outlive our limited time span.

Source definition

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Risk Preparedness: A Management Manual for World Cultural Heritage, 1998 and; UNESCO, Traditional Restoration Techniques: A RAMP Study, 1988.