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UNESCO/JAPANESE TRUST FUND PROJECT SUBREGIONAL MEETING

A final meeting within the framework of UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund Project “Support for Standards and Procedures of Documentation of Serial and Transnational Nomination of Silk Road in the Central Asia to put on the List of the World Heritage” was held on December 4-5, click 2013 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The meeting was arranged by the World Heritage Center and the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan in close association with the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Uzbekistan and the Institute of Fine Arts of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Words of welcome were addressed to participants and guests by Mr. Ravshan Mansurov, find a head of the department of protection and conservation of cultural heritage objects of the Republic of Uzbekistan; Mr. Asamura Takao, a secretary of the Japanese Embassy to the Republic of Uzbekistan; Mr. Karomatulla Olimov, a vice-president of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan; Mr. Shahin Mustafayev, a director of the International Institute of Central Asian Studies; Lin Roland, UNESCO World Heritage Center.

The forum examined methods of documentation, joint approaches, nomination initiatives as set forth by Silk Road world heritage states. It appreciated inter-state/international development processes in nomination and conservation of selected objects within the framework of heritage corridors, as well as identified effective ways of realization of future initiatives for all the parties concerned.

Addressing section meetings were Mr. Yamauchi Kazuya, a head of regional department for environmental control; Abe Masashi (Japan), a researcher of the national research institute; Tiang Gong (China), a deputy director of the International Conservation Center; Prof. Williams Tim (Great Britain); Ona Vileykis (Belgium), as well as scientific experts and leading experts from Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Finally, the meeting evaluated potential tasks and challenges at the next stage, discussed and approved a plan of actions to nominate objects of cultural heritage of the region to be included in the World Heritage List.