04.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Indonesia hosts a sub-regional Workshop for the Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage Inscription and Development of Management Plans

Bali, 26 November 2012 to 1 December 2012


The six day sub-regional workshop on Preparation of Nomination Dossiers for World Heritage Inscription and Development of Management Plans was held from the 26 November to 1 December in Bali, Indonesia. Funded by the government of Indonesian, the workshop was jointly organised by the Department of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and UNESCO.

The workshop brought together some 100 representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, as well as international experts, representatives from UNESCO’s Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN), and staff from the World Heritage Centre and UNESCO Field Offices in the Southeast Asia region. The workshop programme was designed to help equip participants with detailed knowledge and skills to prepare nomination dossiers for listing heritage sites on the Tentative and World Heritage Lists as well as to develop management plans for heritage sites.

Day one and two of the workshop were dedicated to giving participants an in-depth knowledge of the World Heritage Nomination processes. Alexandra Sayn-Wittgenstein from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) delivered a presentation on the basic principles of the nomination process including procedures and timelines. This was followed by a presentation by Richard Engelhardt, mentor for cultural properties, who addressed preparatory processes for States Parties such as the identification of sites and potential Outstanding Universal Values (OUV), financial and human resources, and the involvement of key stakeholders.

The workshop focused on the nomination of both natural and cultural heritage, with Carolina Castellanos from International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Jan Steffen from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), addressing the processes of assessing the Authenticity and Integrity of heritage sites, as well as the outlining the importance of comparative analysis of sites when preparing the World Heritage nominations. Gamini Wijesuriya from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) addressed the topic of assessing management requirements as well as boundaries and buffer-zone. These sessions also included valuable contributions from the workshop participants who presented on the challenges and obstacles they face in the nomination process in their own countries.

A further focus of the workshop was on management planning for World Heritage sites as well as those being nominated for the Tentative and World Heritage Lists. Gamini Wijesuriya (ICCROM) presented on integrity, authenticity, and protection for an integrated approach as the basis for managing properties. Richard Engelhardt spoke on challenges in management systems and plans and frequent issues and difficulties States Parties face. Following these presentations the workshop participants were involved in a group exercise involving review of mechanisms and systems available to site managers and authorities in their own countries. Each group presented on issues affecting sites and identified gaps in their management systems and areas for further improvement.

One of key main results of the workshop was to promote a regional cooperation mechanism through the exchange of information and experiences in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. This was evident on day five of the program where representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam all shared issues and challenges they face in protecting heritage within their own countries as well as efforts they have undertaken to mitigate these challenges. The workshop was important in forging links between heritage professionals and site managers in these countries and built connections for cooperation and knowledge exchange for the future.

Following the completion of the sub-regional workshop, a further one day workshop was held on 1 December 2012 for Indonesian authorities focusing on the nomination of Tana Toraja to the World Heritage list. This workshop brought together Indonesian officials, international experts, World Heritage Centre officials to discuss the issues and challenges for the Tana Toraja nomination and some of the steps that can be taken in the nomination preparation.

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