UNWTO / UNESCO Silk Road Heritage project takes off. Friday, 4th July 2014 Source : UNWTO
Following the successful launch during the 3rd UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting held last March at ITB Berlin 2013, the UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Road Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Project is now underway.
UNWTO and UNESCO, together with heritage and tourism experts from the five participating countries, are developing a comprehensive and sustainable Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy focused on two heritage corridors crossing five countries:
These two heritage corridors will form the basis of a serial nomination that will be considered for inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.
The strategy, which addresses the overarching principles of sustainable growth, community development, heritage management and conservation, follows years of ground-breaking research carried out by UNESCO, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and University College London (UCL). Specifically, the project aims to:
Set priority projects for developing tourism and safeguarding heritage across the Corridors
Guarantee a balanced approach between site-conservation and site-promotion
Identify strategic opportunities for economic growth and job creation
Outline the different components of the project while demonstrating their inter-dependence
Promote maximum engagement from all relevant stakeholders
Provide a step-by-step picture of how this wide-ranging project will be implemented
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