08.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Australian Government Supports Community-Based Participatory Cultural Resource Mapping Workshop at Borobudur, 2-3 April 2013

UNESCO Office, Jakarta

A two day workshop on Community-based Participatory Cultural Resource Mapping was successfully held from 2-3 April 2013, in Borobudur, Central Java. The workshop was generously funded by the Government of Australia through AusAID, and co-organized by UNESCO and Rumah Boedi in close cooperation with the local government of Magelang regency and Yayasan Trisakti Arum Lestari.

The key aim of this workshop was to begin the process of establishing a database of tangible and intangible cultural resources in the Borobudur area as a base for the development of sustainable tourism industries. The workshop also aimed to help improve stakeholders’ understanding of creative industries and the potential of heritage tourism as a sustainable way to generate income.

The meeting gathered some 40 representatives from 20 villages within the Borobudur Sub-District, along with representatives from the Borobudur Conservation Office, PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, and the local government of Magelang Regency, as well as UNESCO. Mr. Joseph Lo, an international expert on cultural mapping and artisan baseline surveying, facilitated the workshop as part of a six day research mission to the Borobudur area. The workshop was opened by Mr. Iwan Sutiarso, the Head of Borobudur Sub-district, who outlined the importance of the community’s active participation in the cultural mapping process.


Day one of the workshop programme featured a presentation by Mr. Masanori Nagaoka, Programme Specialist for Culture, who outlined UNESCO’s wider activities around Borobudur to support the development of sustainable tourism industries, including training and capacity building workshops in craft and snack production, the promotion of cultural and creative industries of Borobudur, and the establishment of a community run gallery/cafe. Mr. Joseph Lo then gave a comprehensive presentation on the background of community-based cultural mapping, including its aims and methods. The final session of the afternoon focused on workshop exercises, with participants applying knowledge gained in the previous sessions to begin the cultural mapping process.

The second day of the workshop was held in Candirejo Village where participants were given a chance to conduct their own cultural mapping survey and sketch map in the field. The participants were divided into four groups for the exercise: The first group surveyed the production process of a local snack called ‘slondok’; the second group visited a stone carving production site; the third group visited a bamboo carving site;  and the fourth group surveyed  a traditional dance production called ‘dayakan’. This exercise also gave participants the opportunity to discuss cultural mapping methods and the process of translating collected information into maps. The final part of day two’s programme featured presentations by each group on their mapping results.

This mapping survey will be continued by the representatives of the twenty villages of Borobudur sub-district who participated in the workshop in close cooperation with Yayasan Trisakti Arum Lestrari. All collected data from this process will be compiled into a comprehensive report and map, along with key recommendation for future actions. It is planned that this map and report will be published and disseminated to a broad range of stakeholders by September 2013.


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