The first draft of the Charter was circulated widely during the summer of 2002 in anticipation of the Ghent Conference on Heritage, Technology and Local Development. A number of speakers at the conference directly addressed issues contained in the Charter and offered valuable input for its further development.
As a follow-up to the conference and workshops held in Ghent, a special roundtable discussion on the Ename Charter was organized by the US National Park Service in Washington in November 2002. One of the main purposes of the workshop was to introduce the Charter to a US audience. In addition to a delegation from the Ename Center, the NPS workshop participants were representatives of NPS programs and departments and of other government agencies, non-profit organizations, and associations. They offered valuable reactions, essentially confirming the usefulness of such a charter and suggesting practical steps forward for its review by relevant heritage organizations throughout the world. One of the most important of these recommendations was that the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) would indeed be the most appropriate institutional framework to further develop the Charter Initiative.