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Managing and planning Cultural world heritage properties in uzbekistan, 30-31 October, 2013 Bukhara, Uzbekistan

30.10.2013

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” a national workshop on “Managing and Planning Cultural World Heritage Properties in Uzbekistan” is organized by the UNESCO office in Tashkent.

The aim of the workshop is to enhance local capacity in the management of the World Heritage properties in Uzbekistan. In particular, to present the methodologies used and results of the data collected during the summer field works carried out within the boundaries of the Historic Centre of Bukhara (in view of preparing a management plan for the property).

Background

The Republic of Uzbekistan counts four UNESCO listed cultural World Heritage Properties, namely, the Historic Centre of Bukhara, the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz, Itchan Kala and Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures. Trainings and activities for the authorities responsible for the management of these properties have organized in the past. These include drafting and publishing of the Management Plan of Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures, field surveys and recommendations for the Management Plan of the Historic Centre of Bukhara, and the preparation of the Second Periodic Reporting Asia and the Pacific.

As an example, following the recommendations of a reactive monitoring mission carried out in 2010 and the decision 35COM 7B.79 of the World Heritage Committee on the State of Conservation (SoC) of the Historic Centre of Bukhara in 2011, the State Party should develop a Management Plan for the World Heritage property built around both, the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and adequate documentation of the property’s heritage structures and elements.

For the preparation of the Management Plan of the Historic Centre of Bukhara activities including five field surveys and condition assessments, between 2008 and 2013, took place involving international and national universities as well as local stakeholders. 100% of the historic centre was surveyed: 116 historical buildings, 187 municipal buildings and more than 3000 residential houses. The data gathered was added into a GIS database. Moreover, recommendations on the boundaries and buffer zones clarifications, coordination, conservation, capacity building and communication were drafted.

Results of the work carried out for the preparation of the Management Plan of Bukhara will be presented as part of this workshop together with national as well as international experiences such as the heritage cities network. 

Objectives

Through discussions, presentations and case studies the workshop will aim:

  • To enhance knowledge about the World Heritage Convention (1972)
  • To understand the World Heritage, in particular:
    • Site Management
    • Values, State of Conservation and Threats, National level;
    • Legal Framework, Boundaries and Management Plan/Systems;
    • Risk Management, Monitoring and Reporting;
    • Buffer zones, tourism development and site interpretation.
  • To present case studies of the Heritage cities network and Uzbekistan;
  • To identify and discuss the main management challenges of the World Heritage properties in Uzbekistan

Contact: Mr. Allayarov Sanjar, Culture Officer. UNESCO Office in Tashkent (s.allayarov@unesco.org )