Follow Us:

New IMPACT Publications

On the 15th of March 2007 representatives from UNESCO, Korea Culture & Tourism Institute (KCTI), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Thammasat University gathered to select the sites for the next two IMPACT publications. The committee members reviewed all twelve potential IMPACT sites and unanimously agreed on the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam. The publications will be released in early 2008.

The Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras were painstakingly carved from the harsh terrain by Ifugao tribes people using primitive tools and bare hands more than 2,000 years ago. The Rice Terraces were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 under the cultural landscapes category. (more>>)

Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Click images to enlarge)

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999. (more>>)

Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam (Click images to enlarge)

In parallel to the two IMPACT publications, UNESCO Bangkok Culture Unit will publish “IMPACT” Luang Namtha as part of the series and in the framework of its ongoing UNESCO-LNTA Nam Ha Ecotourism project (link). The Lao National Tourism Association has been independently working on a draft manuscript and has contacted UNESCO’s Culture Unit to finalize the publication.

The UNESCO-LNTA Nam Ha Ecotourism Project is a community-based ecotourism initiative implemented by the Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA) in and around Lao PDR’s Nam Ha National Protected Area. The UNESCO Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific provides technical assistance and monitoring to this award-winning project In collaboration with national partners such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Information and Culture and the Science, Technology and Environment Agency - in addition to a number of international organizations - the project is encouraging cooperation between the public and private sector to implement a community-based ecotourism development approach that places local communities at the center of the tourism development and management process. (more>>)

Luang Namtha (Click images to enlarge)