The Launch of the Lushan Statement of Intent
Named after the renowned World Heritage Site of Mount Lushan, in Jiang Xi Province of China, the “Lushan Statement of Intent”was launched in Beijing with the aim to raisenational and regional attentionon the essential interaction between human and landscape while conserving heritage sites.
The Lushan Statement of Intentwas presentedon 10December 2013in Beijing at a press conferenceorganized by the UNESCO BeijingOffice with support of the Lushan Scenic and Historic Area Administration Bureau.It was attended by more than twenty-fivemainstream media in China,andmore than thirty professionals caring for World Heritage cultural landscape,such asofficials from the Ministry of Housing andUrban-Rural Development (MOHURD) as well asthe National Tourism Administration. More than 15 World Heritage site experts and managers also participated.
The Lushan Statement of Intentemphasizes that “a clear ambition must exist which reflects the need for an integral balance to be achieved between people, nature and the heritage ideals of all World Cultural Landscapes”, in order to guide the conservation and management of heritage sites. Such an approach wouldbalance the relationship between man and nature, and contribute to achieve sustainable development of the heritage itself and beyond. In particular, The Lushan Statement of Intent [http://www.unescobej.org/culture/world-heritage/lushan-forum-on-world-heritage-cultural-landscape-in-east-asia/]provided key guiding principles on the legal framework, management, planning, research, participation of local communities and public awareness-raising. The statement represents a shared commitment to the conservation and long-term development of cultural landscapes in East Asia.
During the launch, Mr. Abhimanyu SINGH, Director andRepresentative of UNESCO Office in Beijingquoted the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi’s concept of “Unity of Man and Nature”, which reflects the basis of the “Cultural landscape” concept that represents the delicate balance between people, nature and heritage. Mr.Zhao Jianrong, representative of the MOHURD, said that “The establishment of the Lushan Statement of Intent features the conservation and management work ofWorld Heritage cultural landscape has moved to a new period with clear vision and measures. It represents a shared commitment to the conservation and long-term development of cultural landscapes in East Asia.”
The Lushan Statement of Intent is the outcome of the Lushan Forum on World Heritage Cultural Landscape in East Asia, held on 24-26 October 2013 in the locality whichin 1996 became the first World Heritage Cultural LandscapeinChina to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the past five years, Mount Lushan has also been selected as beneficiary of a pilot project on “Conservation and Management of World Heritage Sites in China” implemented by UNESCO thanks tothe generous support from the Mercedes-Benz Star Fund[http://www.unescobej.org/culture/world-heritage/mercedes-benz-unesco-china-cooperation/]