The theme of the second dialog is Rural Heritage, which is primarily based on the annual meeting of HeritAP on Conserving the Hearts of Asia: Rural Heritage in 2021, organized by WHITRAP Shanghai.
As the outcome of HeritAP meeting showed, there was no specific reference to rural heritage as a category in the World Heritage Convention, but its flexible framework and the knowledge developed over the last 50 years has placed some emphasis on rural heritage. Themes like cultural landscapes, several villages already on the list have captured the spirit of rural heritage within the domain of the convention. However, rural being still over 50% of the world’s land use, focus on diversifying the concept of heritage, rural heritage may require more attention in the next 50 years. Particularly considering its contribution to resilience and environmental protection.
However, conserving rural heritage while seeking sustainable economies is the key challenges that has been put forward especially after the pandemic. Therefore, in this dialog main focus will be the innovated technology and revitalization tourism. With three cases: Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun in China, Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama in Japan and Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in Philippine, the discussion aims to seek the way to improve the rural economy, which in turn will ensure sustainable rural heritage and the rural livelihood.
Detailed agenda and list of participants are provided as below. For more information, you may refer to Booklet for World Heritage Dialogues-Rural Heritage
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Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Special Advisor of WHITRAP Shanghai
Programme Specialist, WHITRAP Shanghai
Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor, School of Tourism Management of Sun Yat-sen University
Director, the 5th Center of Urban & Development Institute under Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute CO. Ltd.
Deputy Mayor, the People's Government of Xidi Town, Yi County, P. R. China; Director of the Management Committee of Xidi Scenic Area
Associate Professor, Heritage Studies Degree Programme and Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Clyde Buccahi. Pumihic
Program Development Coordinator, Ifugao Rice Terraces as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IRTGIAHS) Center
Senior Partner, Beijing Pinnacle Zhiye Tourism Cultural and Creative Co., Ltd.
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