Ms. Trinh Thi Thuy - Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Le Van Thanh - Vice Chairman of Quang Nam People's Committee; Mr. Michael Croft - UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam; Prof.Dr. Luu Tran Tieu - Chairman of National Council of Cultural Heritage co-chaired the workshop.
Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Van Thanh said cultural heritage often faces risks of damage by natural and human impact. Notably, adverse impact of economic development, urbanisation and unsustainable tourism development has been degrading the environment and space home to heritage sites.
Therefore, the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage values have attracted the voluntary participation of communities in Vietnam, he said, adding that despite certain socio-economic difficulties, people in Quang Nam have attached importance to the work in Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary, which earned UNESCO’s recognition 20 years ago.
Thanh noted authorities in Quang Nam have issues policies to facilitate the study, preservation and promotion of heritage values, while encouraging the engagement of socio-economic organisations and people to the efforts.
Aside from UNESCO’s support, the preservation and promotion of heritage values in the province have also been assisted by governmental and non-governmental organisations from many countries, including India, Poland, Sweden, Japan, Germany, France and the US, which has greatly helped improve public awareness of the work, he said.
Partcipants at the workshop affirmed that the role of the community in heritage conservation is very important
Dicussions at the conference focused on issues of preserving and promoting the values of cultural heritage such as: The role of the community in preserving and promoting the value of world cultural heritage in Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Temple Temple Area; The role of the community as seen from the right approach to world heritage sites; Connecting communities, cultural spaces and living heritage; Integrating the local community in the process of restoration and training in the field of heritage; Orientations to preserve and promote the value of world cultural heritages Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Temple Area in the coming time ...
For his part, Michael Croft, UNESCO head of office in Vietnam, said local community is an important part of the tourism product at a world heritage site, especially a cultural one, since their daily life reflects the authenticity of that destination. Additionally, when a world heritage is opened, local residents are also affected by tourism development. Therefore, local communities hold a very important role, he added.