Change will occur inevitability in rural communities and the surrounding environment, but what will differ is the acceptance to change, the ease of transition, and the direction of change. Important aspects of change management and heritage conservation within agrarian communities are the local values, culture and quality of life within the community. The nature and strength of the attachment of a community to the local environment and heritage features may influence how residents perceive potential changes and will be an important determinant on how successful efforts will be.
A community is generally effective in developing strategy for heritage conservation through leveraging learning and innovation between individuals and society at large. There is potential to solve complex challenges by creating an environment in which knowledge can be harnessed and enhanced. Conservation practices must be managed in a manner that reflects the unique values and abilities of the particular community. Change is easier to be accepted if there is common will and a value for smooth interaction. The effectiveness of conservation will depend on close interaction, a stable provision of financial and technical support, encouraging collaboration, and the evaluation and continued monitoring of outcomes.
A guiding principle for change management and conservation is alignment. Alignment occurs when the behavior and mindset of the community’s members are compatible with the value and strategic direction of the change.