16.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture organized a workshop to discuss the development of a Management Plan for the Bamiyan World Heritage property

Participants in the Management Plan workshop ©Nuno Oliveira/UNESCO.

03.10.2018 - Kabul | UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) organized a three-day workshop to discuss the development of a Management Plan for the “Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley” World Heritage property. This initiative, organized under a Japanese Funds-in-Trust project, took place in Kabul, at the Green Village compound, between October 1-3, 2018.

The Bamiyan World Heritage property was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2003 and simultaneously placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. With a financial support from the Government of Japan, a four-phase project was undertaken from 2003 to 2015 focusing on emergency interventions to preserve the fragile archaeological and geological context of the property.

The need for the establishment of a management plan was identified by the World Heritage Committee in 2007 as one of the benchmarks to achieve a desired state of conservation for the property and eventually remove Bamiyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger. In an attempt to contribute to this specific benchmark, UNESCO and the MoIC conveyed a workshop to discuss the requirements of and ways to develop a Management Plan for the Bamiyan World Heritage property.

In addition to other joint-initiatives that UNESCO is currently assisting the Government of Afghanistan in ensuring the protection of the values of the Bamiyan World Heritage site, this workshop aimed at bringing together key-government stakeholders that are responsible for managing different areas of development within Bamiyan. In order to harmonize a Bamiyan Management Plan with other existing plans, the Bamiyan Cultural Master Plan and the Strategic Master Plan were introduced by the MoIC and the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) as well as the University of Florence, in Italy.

For three days, representatives from the Chief Executive Office, MoIC, MUDH, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, and the Bamiyan Local Government (represented by H.E. the Deputy-Governor), came together to discuss their respective roles and ways to develop the relevant processes and mechanisms to manage specific aspects that will guarantee an adequate management and safeguard of the Bamiyan World Heritage property.

The discussion was enriched with the participation of representatives from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the University of Florence. To follow the workshop, a draft action plan for the establishment of a Management Plan is currently under preparation by the Afghan authorities. It is expected that further initiatives will take place as UNESCO remains committed to supporting the Government of Afghanistan in protecting Bamiyan’s unique cultural heritage, of local, national and world significance.




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