9 October 2018
With financial assistance from Japan, UNESCO has supported the Silk Roads World Heritage Properties in Central Asia since 2011.Within the project “Support for Silk Roads World Heritage Properties in Central Asia (Phase II)” much progress has been made in developing the capacity of national experts from four Central Asian countries to document, maintain and sustainably manage the Silk Road Properties and corridors.
As part of this project, a series of meetings were organized in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 3 and 4 October, including National coordination meetings in the cluster countries, as well as a Sub-regional meeting of the working group on preparing the serial transnational nomination on the Silk Road: Fergana-Syrdarya Corridor and a sub-regional workshop on the development of management strategies for the Silk Road Corridors and World Heritage properties in Central Asia. Participants of the meetings noted the importance of collaboration and coordination among all the stakeholders concerned to ensure the preservation and promotion at the national and international levels of the Silk Roads Corridors Properties.
Country representatives agreed on the next steps as regards the development and finalization of the nomination files of the two Heritage Corridors: the Zarafshan Corridor (Penjikent-Samarkand-Poikent) and the Fergana-Syrdarya Silk Road Corridor.