With the collaboration and financial support of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea, ICCROM launched a new series of Forums on Conservation that have served as a think tank for the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond. This programme has brought together participants from more than 20 countries to explore contextual issues related to cultural heritage management in the Asia-Pacific Region. Each forum has posed crucial questions that are being debated worldwide.
Each annual forum focused on a key issue in the management and conservation of heritage in Asia. Participants brought both an intellectual contribution together with a wealth of practical experience, ensuring that the debate was grounded in the needs of the heritage, the conservation professionals and society at large. While focusing on Asia in particular and contributing to regional capacity-building processes, these annual events have produced results that aim to benefit a global audience. Indeed, two African heritage specialists from were invited to the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Forum so that comparisons could be made between practice in the two regions. Each forum led to the development of guidance notes on a specific conservation theme and publications that discuss the subject in greater depth, while also providing case studies reflecting the state of conservation practice across the region.
This programme is part of a wider framework agreement first signed by ICCROM and Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA) in 2012 and then renewed in 2017. The agreement has not only included the annual forum but has also included capacity building within the CollAsia programme. Based on results achieved to date, new activities are currently being identified regarding cooperation on the conservation education, training and research of cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region and will be launched in the near future.
For more information on each forum and the results produced, click on these links below:
Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe; Bhutan, Indonesia (Non-Member States)