Heritage, Tourism And Conservation By Trung Chau In the wake of the reopening to visitors of the Royal Citadel in Hanoi, the Weekly looks at the partnership between the preservation of Vietnam’s heritage sites and cultural tourism UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on July 31 this year recognized Vietnam’s Thang Long Royal Citadel as a world cultural heritage site. The site won the recognition thanks to its three outstanding characteristics, its age, the continuity of the citadel as a power center and the variety of relics it contains. This is the newest member of Vietnam’s 10 natural, cultural and intangible cultural world heritage sites. It is now on the list of cultural experiences that tourists will look at when they are deciding how they will spend their time and money on their Vietnam holiday. However, according to travel companies, authorities need to improve tourism services and information around the heritage sites. Grueling heritage tours Nguyen Van … [Read more...] about Heritage, Tourism And Conservation
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The 4th Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) was held at the National Conference Centre in Hanoi on November 6. Present at the event were the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, the Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and senior officials of the four countries. Participants in the summit expressed their pleasure at the remarkable progress recorded in the implementation of CLMV cooperation programmes over recent years in the spirit of the 2004 Vientiane declarationon enhancing economic cooperation and integration among the four countries, as well as the CLMV action plan concerning trade-investment, agriculture, industry-energy, transportation, information and communications technology, tourism and human resource development. However, they pointed out challenges posed by the global financial crisis and climate change and stressed that CLMV should strengthen cooperation in narrowing the development gap among … [Read more...] about Fourth Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar and Vietnam in Hanoi
Local newspapers have recently written many articles about the Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects, invested by the Duc Long Gia Lai Group. Readers comment that some newspapers protested the construction of hydro-power plants inside the Cat Tien National Park, and some others supported. What is the truth? Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A raise waves on Dong Nai River Formalism exists in assessing environmental impacts Dam projects in Dong Nai river require stricter assessments Behind the true lieSix hydropower plant projects round up Cat Tien National ParkFor the people's interest or investor's interest? Cat Tien National Park. That is the question raised by Lam Dinh Uy, an expert on environmental sciences from the Center for Biodiversity and Development, about the two hydro-power projects that are located in the Cat Tien National Park, which is based in Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc and Dak Nong provinces. According to Mr. Uy, it is extremely important to make a survey over the … [Read more...] about Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects: Where is the truth?
China is building a national research center on wall paintings protection in Dunhuang on the ancient Silk Road, which experts believe will help better safeguard China's cultural heritage. The National Engineering Research Center for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings, plans for which were unveiled Thursday at the Dunhuang Academy in northwest China's Gansu Province, would take three years to complete and would cost 34 million yuan (about 5 million U.S. dollars), Su Bomin, chief of the protection institute of Dunhuang Academy, said Friday. The academy, in Dunhuang City, is an institute specializing in the protection of grottos and the restoration of murals and cultural relics. Of China's 38 sites on the World Heritage List, 11 have ancient murals. Dunhuang, a booming town on the ancient Silk Road, is home to more than 800 grottos that are at least 1,600 years old. The Mogao grottos, known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, were added to the World Heritage List in 1987. Altogether … [Read more...] about China building new conservation center to safeguard ancient frescos
Thirty-nine nominations from 33 countries will be considered for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List during the meeting of the World Heritage Committee underway in Brasilia. Three of the countries - Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tajikistan - have no properties inscribed on the World Heritage List to date.The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and Brazil's Minister of Culture João Luiz da Silva Ferreira formally opened the 34th session of the Committee here on the evening of Sunday 25 July. The meeting continues through to 3 August.In her opening address, Irina Bokova stressed the link between heritage and the world's major development challenges. "I am convinced this Committee can blaze new trails," said the Director-General. "Sites can be testing grounds for innovative protective measures that closely involve communities" and "real laboratories of sustainable development in practice." This is a "message that UNESCO is promoting throughout this International … [Read more...] about Thirty-nine properties to be considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List