EU and UNESCO support protection of World Heritage sites in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On September 3-6 in Bishkek a training on the development and revision of Management Plans for the sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage and Tentative Lists in Kyrgyzstan will be held in the framework of the European Union funded project “Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage”.

The training is aimed at supporting national and local stakeholders in development and revision of the Management Plans of the sites on the World Heritage and Tentative Lists in Kyrgyzstan. As of today in Kyrgyzstan, there are two UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites: Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain and Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor, that includes sites of Burana, Ak-Beshim and Krasnaya Rechka. Also, petroglyphs of the Saimaluu-Tash tract and several sites along the Silk Road are included in the Tentative Lists.

Sites managers, representatives of communities, local government bodies responsible for the protection of cultural sites, the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as experts on cultural heritage and tourism will participate in the training.

The training will enable participants to improve their understanding, skills and confidence in developing Management Plans for the World Heritage properties, as well as improve inter-agency cooperation for the successful preservation, management and promotion of the sites.

Sergey Kwan

TCA