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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards


The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation recognize outstanding achievements in successfully conserving or restoring heritage buildings and properties in the region, by the private sector or via public-private initiatives. Winning projects span a wide range of conservation projects, including private residences to palace complexes, from traditional vernacular timber shop houses to magnificent industrial structures.

The Awards set technical and social benchmarks for regional efforts at cultural heritage conservation. Winning projects serve as catalysts and a source of inspiration for private individuals and institutions in conserving cultural heritage. Merits for the protection of our fragile built cultural heritage extend beyond the physical fabric of a place or building. Cultural heritage conservation can bring economic gains to a community by providing revenue from tourism activities or employment through craft related activities. It can also lead to powerful social impacts, providing communities with a sense of belonging, pride and rootedness, important in a period dominated by rapid environmental changes.
Since the Awards’ launch in 2000, projects illustrate an increasing momentum and level of conservation in Asia-Pacific. A total of 148 projects have received Awards for exemplary conservation efforts. 8 projects have received our Jury Commendation for Innovation, honoring newly-built structures that are both architecturally exceptional and well-integrated into historic contexts.

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