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Protection of Cultural Property in Southeast Asia


Workshop on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia


WORKING GROUP 1: Protection of Artefacts in Monuments and Sites, and Collections in Museums and Temples

Discussions in Group 1 of the Workshop have clarified two issues:

  1. The need to continue to implement and improve all current measures of preservation of cultural heritage in the present situation of emergency world-wide
  2. The need to integrate cultural heritage preservation within a wider framework of sustainable development involving living cultural sytems, economic advancement and the participation of local communities.

Our thinking has thus brought to light two different models in our concern about cultural heritage:

  1. THE PRESERVATION (RESCUE AND PROTECTION) MODEL (Threats)
  2. THE DEVELOPMENT MODEL (Assets)

All actions should be carried out through regional cooperation in order to ensure impact at national, regional and international level.

THE PRESERVATION (RESCUE AND PROTECTION) MODEL leads to the following actions

  1. LEGISLATION Mapping and analysis of all current legislation and enforcements frameworks and improvement of such frameworks through the organisation of workshops / conferences.
  2. PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS To share at all levels the values of cultural heritage.
  3. TRAINING OF RELEVANT AUTHORISITES Through the organization of workshops involving customs and cultural heritage staff
  4. HERITAGE INVENTORIES check and complete inventories of movable cultural heritage, including sites, pagodas, temples
  5. UNDERWATER HERITAGE special attention be given to the preservation of this heritage through the development of adequate legislation frameworks and the training of personnel.

THE DEVELOPMENT MODEL will require the elaboration of new approaches and tools which will link protection with living heritage systems, the safeguard of the environment and the community development as a whole.

As a start, we recommend that

  1. MAPPING of case studies (such as Halong Bay, Lang Kawi, Bali, etc.) be undertaken and shared widely within the region
  2. EDUCATION and community awareness of cultural heritage would move from preservation against threats to cultural heritage as assets for life development !
 
 
   
Updated: 7 October 2005