19.12.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

The Government of Indonesia, UNESCO, and Panasonic Support the Installation of Green Technology for the Prambanan Temple Compounds World Heritage site

The Ministry of Education and Culture, PT Taman Wisata Candi, Panasonic and UNESCO have worked together to install environmentally friendly LED Lighting Installment in Prambanan Temple Compounds. The project was launched on the 17th of December 2014 and was attended by more than 100 different stakeholders including the national and local Government, UNESCO, local communities, craftsmen, NGOs, as well as creative industry producers.

The ceremony marked the start of two main activities; namely the illumination of Prambanan Temple with the Panasonic-supported LED lamps, as well as the project entitled ‘Supporting Sustainable Development at the Borobudur and Prambanan World Heritage Sites through Youth Livelihood Development and Green Technologies'. This project was launched on the 18th December 2014 in Borobudur, by UNESCO and the Borobudur Conservation Office with the support from Panasonic.

Officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991, the Prambanan Temple is now illuminated with 16 LED light projectors which will substantially reduce energy consumption, and their long life can also significantly lower maintenance costs.

The green technology introduced in this partnership with Panasonic aligns well with UNESCO’s long-term objective of safeguarding World Heritage Sites, while strengthening the environmental sustainability of the sites. The LED installation will enable promotion of the site and preservation of the surrounding environment.

The launching ceremony on the 17th showcased many different local producers and craftsmen from Borobudur and Prambanan area as the beneficiaries of this cooperation between UNESCO and Panasonic. UNESCO, in partnership with the national government, is supporting sustainable development in both World Heritage Sites through a range of different activities. Some of these key activities will include a Youth Forum to raise awareness in conservation and World Heritage protection, as well as education in cultural activities aimed at sustainable development and business development activities for a variety of different creative industries commodities in Borobudur and Prambanan.

UNESCO, represented by Mr. Hubert Gijzen, Ph.D, the Director and Representative of UNESCO Office Jakarta, emphasized the importance of multilateral partnership, involving local and national authorities, local communities, private sectors, and non-governmental organisations to achieve the objective of safeguarding World Heritage sites and for the empowerment of local communities. Mr. Gijzen also stated that this project is a good example of showing how public-private-community sectors can cooperate to promote unity in diversity and cultural literacy.

The event was made possible through a four-party-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko (Persero), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Jakarta, and Panasonic Corporation on October 9, 2014. Through this MoU, the four parties are committed to promote ”conservation and awareness raising for the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites” and ” education and cultural activities aimed at sustainable development for young people in the vicinity of the Borobudur, Prambanan, Ratu Boko sites in Indonesia.”

Download the speech of Director, UNESCO Jakarta here

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