Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran

Project name :

Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran - International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Budget :

1M$ - 5M$

Project duration :

19-12-2019

Location :

Iran, Central Asia, Afghanistan

International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

UNESCO and the European Union launched the project in October 2018. In the long-term, the action will strengthen the contribution of culture to sustainable development, notably through heritage-based tourism development, diversifying tourism products and delivering high-quality visitor experiences along the Silk Roads heritage corridors in the participating countries.

These activities aim to contribute to improving livelihoods of the communities in the region, including youth and women, through capacity-building and the creation of opportunities for income-generation and jobs.

In 2021, a joint travelling exhibition on the common heritage along the Silk Roads will be developed as a result of the project.

There are four main objectives of the project:

  • Valorization of tangible and intangible heritage
  • Heritage is used as a foundation for sustainable development
  • Support to strengthen human and institutional capacities
  • Awareness-raising initiatives further promote and facilitate partnerships and improve communication.
  • The Chang’an-Tian-shan Silk Road Corridor has become the first stretch of the Silk Road to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List presented by China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in 2014.

The 33 components included in the routes network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Roads include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings.

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Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor: components in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Here you can find information about components of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Among those 33 components, 8 components are located in Republic of Kazakhstan and 3 components in Kyrgyzstan.

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Rehabilitation of the heritage sites along the Silk Roads

Within the framework of the “Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage” project, several Silk Roads heritage sites in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Iran will be selected for conservation/restoration, rehabilitation and promotion to reveal their importance for the cultural identity of the region.

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Joint exhibition on the common heritage along the Silk Roads

The joint exhibition on Common Heritage along the Silk Roads will be organized as a part of the 3 years’ EU/UNESCO project “Silk Roads Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage”. 

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Cultural heritage based tourism

The Silk Road’s exceptional cultural and living heritage creates incredible opportunities for tourism.

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Safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage along the Silk Roads

The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants.

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Tips for site managers

This page is devoted to information for site managers who would like to nominate their sites for the World Heritage list.

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