Workshop on Cultural Landscape and Sustaining its Significance

Workshop on Cultural Landscape and Sustaining its Significance
Management of heritage building of national importance – Punakha Dzong and associated landscapes
The workshop on “Management of heritage building of national importance – Punakha Dzong and associated landscapes” will be held from 2nd to 4th May, 2019. The workshop is co-organized by the Department of Culture under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and UNESCO World Heritage Centre with the objective to review the management framework of Punakha Dzong and surrounding associated landscapes. The management framework of historically important Dzong is in line with the Cultural Heritage Bill of Bhutan.
The Department of Culture has collaborated with UNESCO World Heritage Centre from 2014 to disseminate the importance of cultural landscape. The annual events from 2014 were financially supported by Paris- based NGO Oriental Cultural Heritage Sites Protection Alliance, the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO New Delhi office, UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust and Kyushu University (Japan). The Department in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Centre and UNESCO New Delhi office has successfully carried out following annual events for cultural landscape initiatives in Bhutan:

  1. International competition on cultural landscape in Bhutan, August 2014
  2. CLASS-2015, Cultural landscape and sustaining its significance, July and August, 2015
  3. The role of stakeholders for cultural landscape sustenance, CLASS-2016
  4. Management of Cultural Landscape and capacity building, CLASS-2017

In continuation of the past events, this year Cultural Landscape Initiatives is focused on preparation of management framework of Punakha Dzong with the surrounding landscape. This year’s event is financially supported by Oriental Cultural Heritage Sites Protection Alliance through UNESCO World Heritage Centre and UNESCO New Delhi office. The Department of Culture in consultation with international expert and relevant national stakeholders has prepared the draft management plan of Punakha Dzong. The workshop from 2nd to 4th May will review the management plan in consultation with relevant national stakeholders. The main program of the workshop is on 3rd May, 2019 in which the Department will organize panel session to discuss with relevant stakeholders on the management of heritage sites and cultural landscape. The launching of “South Asian Cultural Landscape Initiatives – Experience in Bhutan” will also be done on 3rd May, 2019. Besides deliberation on the management framework of Punakha Dzong, the Department will also organize a panel session with the international and national experts on the following themes:

  1. Integrating Heritage preservation and Cultural Landscape sustenance in settlement/town planning: Punakha Dzong and associated landscapes as case reference
  2. Exploring approach in preserving living heritage in Bhutan
  3. Heritage as one of the key assets to nation’s economy
    The panel sessions will discuss on the issues, challenges and opportunities on heritage sites and cultural landscape with Punakha Dzong as case example, which in turn will be updated in the management framework of Punakha Dzong. On 4th of May, 2019 the Department will carry out in house deliberation with the identified experts to incorporate the discussions of the panel session on the previous day.
    Kindly contact Ms. Pema at pema_architect@mohca.gov.bt and Mr. Yeshi Samdrup at ysamdrup@mohca.gov.bt for additional details.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1483/