UNESCO Participates in a workshop regarding the management of the Borobudur Temple and Mt. Merapi area in Yogyakarta, 9 - 10 September 2014

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Workshop in Yogyakarta from the 9-10 September 2014
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The Ministry of Public Works has held a two day workshop in Yogyakarta from the 9-10 September 2014, regarding the two new Presidential Regulations for the management of the Borobudur Temple and Mt. Merapi areas. The objective of the workshop was to increase stakeholders’ awareness on these new Presidential Regulations and the event brought together more than 100 participants from the Ministry of Public Works, Disaster Management Agency, Provincial Government of Central Java and Yogyakarta, Local Government of the Merapi Affected Districts (Kulonprogo, Boyolali, Klaten, Sleman) Borobudur stakeholders, media and community representatives.

In June 2014, the National Government of Indonesia issued the ‘Presidential Regulation number 58 year 2014 on the Spatial Plan of the Borobudur Temple Compounds as the National Strategic Areas’ and the ‘Presidential Regulation of the Republic Indonesia number 70 year 2014 on the Spatial Plan of the Merapi National Strategic Areas’. These regulations aim to provide a sustainable environment, improve social and cultural aspect of the community, build disaster mitigation efforts, and contribute to the community livelihood in the Borobudur and Merapi areas. The two new presidential regulations will also provide references and guidance for the national and local government, as well as community and all related stakeholders in conducting spatial planning activities.

The workshop was officially opened by the Dr. Ir. Budi Situmorang, the Director of National Spatial Planning of the Ministry of Public Works, who highlighted the importance of all related stakeholders to be aware on the new Presidential Regulations and how all stakeholders can strengthen their coordination to ensure the smooth implementation of the activities conducted in both National Strategic Areas, Merapi and Borobudur.

UNESCO, represented by Ms. Kaori Kawakami, gave a presentation on “Protecting Outstanding Universal Value at Borobudur as a World Heritage site”. Ms. Kawakami explained to the participants the importance of improving the management system in order to better address various challenges, as well as involving local communities into the management and sharing benefits with them.

The session attracted interest from the audiences and invited fruitful discussions especially on UNESCO’s experiences and perspectives in involving and empowering communities who live around the World Heritage sites and how they are linked to the local government initiatives.  The rest of the workshop covered topics such as an institutionalized policy on the World Heritage areas management, Spatial Planning using geological based disaster, the important values and usage of Borobudur and Merapi Spatial Planning and the development of Borobudur as a culture-based tourism destination. During the workshop, field trips to Borobudur and Merapi areas were conducted to provide a better overview of the current condition in the two National Strategic Areas.

In addition to UNESCO, the speakers came from the relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Education and Culture, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.