30.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

UNESCO supports the managing and planning of cultural World Heritage properties in Uzbekistan

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The national workshop on “Managing and Planning Cultural World Heritage Properties in Uzbekistan” is held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan) from 30 to 31 October 2013. The workshop is organized by the UNESCO Tashkent Office in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Principle Scientific-Production Department for the Preservation and Utilization of Objects of Cultural Heritage.

The workshop is organized within the framework of the UNESCO project “Follow up to the enhancement of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention through the creation of GIS database of Bukhara Historical Centre” and it aims to enhance local capacity in the management of World Heritage properties in Uzbekistan.

The Republic of Uzbekistan counts four UNESCO-listed World Heritage properties, namely the Historic Centre of Bukhara, the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz, Itchan Kala and Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures.

The workshop is carried out in follow-up to the field works conducted by UNESCO and the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at the Leuven University in Belgium within the boundaries of the Historic Centre of Bukhara in summer 2013 in view of preparation of a Management Plan for this World Heritage property. In this framework, a series of recommendations were formulated on how to improve the implementation of the 1972 Convention and the management of the World Heritage sites in Uzbekistan.

Bringing together stakeholders from all the four World Heritage properties in the country, the workshop aims - through discussions, presentations and case studies - to enhance knowledge about the World Heritage Convention; build capacities in site management;promote values and identify threats;discuss the existing legal framework, boundaries and management systems; promote risk management and monitoring; as well as tourism development in the World Heritage properties of Uzbekistan.

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