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Managing Heritage Cities in Asia and Europe: the Role of Public-Private Partnerships

Experts' Meeting & Public Forum in preparation for the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting

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12 Jul 2012 - 14 Jul 2012 Stefania MANGANO Culture Department ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series Culture



Venue:
Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

The management of heritage cities and historic urban landscapes has emerged as a key topic in recent times and points to a major shift in the understanding of ‘cultural heritage’ at the global level. The adoption of the new Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape by UNESCO’s General Conference on 10 November 2011 marks the first such instrument on the historic environment issued by the body in 35 years.

In view of these new developments, the 5th Culture Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (5th ASEM CMM) focused on the theme Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future in September 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This Ministerial meeting facilitated the widening and deepening of the high-level dialogue on heritage which started at the 4th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (2010, Poland), wherein the focus was on the theme Heritage and the Challenges of the Present.

To channel civil society inputs to this Ministerial meeting, ASEF is co-organised an Experts’ Meeting gathering over 25 government officials and civil experts from ASEM member countries to discuss public-private partnerships (PPP) in the management of heritage cities. A public forum was also organised at Universitas Gadjah Mada on 12 July 2012. Relevant recommendations and case studies from the meeting and forum were presented to ASEM governments at the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting.

A compilation of good practices from ASEM member countries has been commissioned by ASEF in collaboration with Europa Nostra and the International National Trusts Organisation. 

The concept note, programme and report of the meeting are available in the Documents section below.

This Experts' Meeting on heritage follows the Roundtable: The Cultural Heritages of Asia and Europe: Global Challenges and Local Initiatives (2-3 September 2010, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Project Updates

  • Managing heritage cities

    Published on 06 Aug 2012

    25 experts from 11 ASEM countries gathered at an Expert Meeting in Yogyakarta (12 to 14 July 2012) to discuss “Managing Heritage Cities in Asia and Europe: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)”. This took place ahead of the ‘Fifth Culture Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM CMM)’ in September 2012.

    During the three-day meeting in Yogyakarta, the experts prepared a series of recommendations for the ASEM Culture Ministers. They outlined the urgent need for public institutions to co-operate with private stakeholders in all phases of planning, implementation, monitoring and management of heritage cities. They also emphasised the value that urban heritage enhancement adds to cities by bringing economic development and social vitality. They stressed that heritage must be thought of in terms of socio-economic benefits and profits, and not in terms of costs and liabilities.

    ASEF will present the full set of recommendations at the ASEM CMM, in keeping with its mandate to channel civil society recommendations to ASEM governments. 

    During a Public Forum (12 July 2012), attended by over 150 people, the participating experts engaged with representatives from local NGOs and Indonesian government agencies as well as faculty members and students from Universitas Gadjah Mada. These experts were representatives from different organisations, including ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), and International National Trusts Organisation (INTO).

    The Expert Meeting was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Centre for Heritage Conservation, Department of Architecture and Planning at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada.

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  • gadjah_mada_headofficeIn preparation for the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (5th ASEM CMM) in September 2012, some 25 experts will meet in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (12-14 July 2012) to discuss how public-private partnerships can help in the sustainable management of heritage cities and historic urban landscapes. 

    Their recommendations from this meeting, Managing Heritage Cities in Asia and Europe: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships, will be presented to ASEM governments at the 5th ASEM CMM, whose theme is Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future. Hailing from 11 countries in Asia and Europe, the governmental and heritage experts will share good practices from both regions.

    A forum open to the public will be held alongside the experts’ meeting.  

    The meeting and forum are organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation with its partner, the Centre for Heritage Conservation, Department of Architecture and Planning at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.

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  • Universitas Gadjah Mada