23.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

PRESS INFORMATION: Indonesia hosts sub-regional workshop on the preparation of UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination and development of management plans

Bali, 26 November 2012 – 30 November 2012


The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia in partnership with UNESCO and the World Heritage Centre, are organizing a sub regional workshop on the nomination process for World Heritage inscription and the development of management plans. The workshop will bring together some 100 representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, international experts, representatives from UNESCO’s Advisory Bodies, and staff from the World Heritage Centre and UNESCO Field Offices in the South-east Asian region. The workshop will be held in Bali from 26 November 2012 to 30 November 2012

Mr Kacung Marijan (Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture), outlined that ‘one of the aims of this workshop is to promote a regional cooperation mechanism through the exchange of information and experiences in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Indonesia strongly believes in the role World Heritage and culture can play in forming international partnerships and cooperation, and this is why we have decided to host this important workshop in Bali.’

Mr Marijan also added that ‘a further purpose of this meeting is to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the nomination process on Tentative Lists for the inscription of properties on the World Heritage list. We know from our own experience in the recent successful nomination of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy that while the nomination process is rigorous, it also leads to outstanding results. We are also currently preparing a new nomination for Tana Toraja, and this workshop will help realize the goal of ensuring the preservation of this precious place.’

Mr. Hubert Gijzen (Director and Representative, UNESCO Office Jakarta) commended the initiative of the Indonesian government in hosting the workshop, and commented on the significance of this regional meeting, which is held at a unique moment in time when the World Heritage Convention celebrates its 40th anniversary: ‘For forty years, the World Heritage Convention has embodied the global ideals and ethics of conservation. While continuing to emphasize the importance of protecting a selection of outstanding sites important for all of humankind, a holistic approach is necessary to include wider dimensions arising from new emerging challenges that threaten the foundation of our societies. The question is not only to save exceptional sites from destruction or neglect, but to demonstrate, through appropriate conservation and management, strategies and a development model based on the values of continuity. Therefore it is essential that, besides the main criterion of “outstanding universal value to humanity”, the sites also prove to be of value to the local communities, and contribute positively to their livelihoods. Only such comprehensive approach can ensure the long-term safeguarding of our common World Heritage.’

Mr Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu (the Head of Tourism Office of Bali Province) conveyed his message that while Bali now has a site on the World Heritage List, this inscription also has great responsibility: ‘People from all over the world will come to Bali to see the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province, take in its culture and reflect on humanity’s ingenuity, creativity and achievements, but it should also be remembered that increased visitation, if not managed sustainably can impact negatively on the site’s preservation. This workshop is a great opportunity where we can learn how to develop an effective management plan or other documented management system, which specifies how the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage property should be preserved. We must therefore work hard to develop an action plan to encourage community involvement and ensure the sustained protection of the site, so that future generations from all over the world will benefit from this site.’

Mr. Arief Rachman (Executive Chairman for the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO) further commented ‘One further goal of this workshop is to provide guidance to the State Parties on the development of effective management plan for preserving Word Heritage sites’. Mr. Rachman also stated ‘UNESCO’s 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage states that Members States who have sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List should not only endeavor to preserve the site but also involve local communities with its management. We must therefore work hard to develop management plans that encourage community involvement and ensure the sustained protection of the site’.

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

For further information, please contact:

Bapak Mahendra
Ministry of Education and Culture
Ph: +6221 572 5564/081398283707
Email: mahendra_bud@yahoo.com

Masanori Nagaoka
UNESCO Office, Jakarta
Ph: +6221 7399818 #826
Email: m.nagaoka@unesco.org

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