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Selection Panel of Experts Meets to Judge the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

Bangkok, 10 July 2006 —  The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards Selection Panel, convened from 10-12 July 2006, is composed of senior conservation experts from around the region.  A profile of the panelists can be found here.

Winners will be announced on 1 September 2006. One entry will receive the “Award of Excellence”, a number of entries will receive an “Award of Distinction”, a number of entries will receive an “Award of Merit” and a number of entries will receive an “Honourable Mention”.  A number of special Jury Commenations for Innovation will also be awarded at the panel’s discretion.
This year’s Heritage Awards programme has drawn 36 entries from eleven countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The broad range of entries includes urban areas; churches, temples and other religious structures; palaces; tombs; cave sites; and commercial buildings.  A total of six entries from four countries has also been received for the UNESCO Heritage Awards Jury Commendation for Innovation.  More information about each of the projects can be found here
The 2006 Heritage Awards programme, in its seventh year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.  The 2006 Jury Prize for Innovation, in its second year, will recognize newly-built structures which demonstrate outstanding standards for contemporary architectural design which are well integrated into historic contexts.

Complete programme information is available here.


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