9-13 May 2016
Our upcoming training workshop on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage will take place from 9 to 13 May at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). It is a joint BUET-ICOMOS initiative in which ICOMOS Bangladesh is proud to have the Department of Architecture (BUET) as the partner. An international ICOMOS expert in this field, along with local experts, will lead the 4.5-day training workshop. To know more about ICOMOS' activities related to this important area of heritage management, please read on. Workshop page »
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The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development- 2015
Jointly organized by ICOMOS Bangladesh and UNESCO Dhaka
First Round Table Discussion on the Preservation of the Built Heritage of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh
10:00 am – 12:30 pm, 21 May 2015
Southeast University, Bangladesh
Since 2001, UNESCO has been celebrating 21 May as The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The day aims to highlight the UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005 that provides a framework to form new pathways to encourage cultural diversity, creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development gives us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity ranging from cultural heritage to creative industries, sustainable tourism to cultural infrastructure as driver and enabler of sustainable development. This year, on 21 May, ICOMOS Bangladesh and UNESCO Dhaka jointly organized the First Round Table Discussion on the Preservation of the Built Heritage of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh to share ideas and exchange views among scholars, academia, researchers and professionals working in relevant fields.
The discussion, which was inaugurated by Ms. Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative of UNESCO Dhaka and moderated by Mr. Sazzad Hossain, General Secretary of ICOMOS Bangladesh, brought together a group of stakeholders to engage in joint actions and to make clear suggestions on how to best manage the dynamic forces that is causing rapid urban transformation, and maintain the essential physical fabric of historic areas of Dhaka while ensuring their social and economic viability as well as long term sustainability. Within the broader urban management framework, the discussion focused on the following key issues:
- Existing condition & legal standards of the historic area.
- Prospects and challenges of conserving Old Dhaka heritage.
- How to ensure inclusive management for Old Dhaka
- Adaptive use & conservation as a tool for economic development of Old Dhaka
- Need for a comprehensive plan for urban conservation.
The discussions identified several key obstacles to achieving these goals and lead to the conclusion that an integrated approach is necessary for a meaningful preservation and revitalization of the historic areas and concluded with the following recommendations:
- A comprehensive plan for urban conservation is required urgently to save the Old Dhaka heritage.
- Adaptive use of historic buildings maybe used as a tool for economic development in Old Dhaka
- Amendment of “Bangladesh Protected Tourist Area and special Tourist zone- circular, 2010”, published by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Cabinet may enhance coordination between the relevant actors and stakeholders.
- Specific policy should be formulated by the Ministry of Cultural affairs to allocate research grants to projects related to cultural heritage conservation and to bridge the gap between research and action.
List of Participants
Ms. Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative of UNESCO Dhaka
Ms. Kizzy Tahnin ,Programme Officer, Culture, UNESCO Dhaka Office
Mr. Sazzad Hossain, General Secretary of ICOMOS Bangladesh.
Prof. Meer Mobashsher Ali, Chairman, Dept of Architecture, SEU.
Mr. Md Akhtaruzzaman,UN Habitat Programme Manager, Dhaka.
Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman,Officer In-Charge, UNIC, Dhaka
Mr. Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir ,CEO ,Bangladesh Tourism Board.
Mr. ASM Aminur Rahman, Deputy Chief Architect, Department of Architecture, Ministry of Housing and Public Works
Ms. Afroza Khan Mita , Deputy Director, DOA.
Ms. Munira Sultana, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Ms. Rakhi Roy , Regional Director, DOA
Mr. Sirajul Islam, Town planner, RAJUK.
Mr. Ziaul Hawlader, Deputy Manager (Planning) Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.
Mr. Anisul Hoque, Joint Editor, Prothom Alo.
Mr. Azim Buksh, Chairman, Dhaka Kendra.
Mr. Anindya Pandit, lecturer, SEU
Ms. Awnili Shabnam, lecturer, SEU
Mr. Nurul Kabir , Coordinator , Centre for Archaeology and Heritage Research, Dhaka
Prof. Perveen Hassan, Vice Chancellor, Central Women’s University
Dr. Sharifuddin Ahmed, Former Professor, Department of History, Dhaka University
Dr. Shahnaj Husne Jahan, Professor and Director, Centre for Archaeological Studies, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Dr. Shafiql Alam, Ex Director General, Department of Archaeology, Government of Bangladesh
Understanding Heritage Significance of Cultural Sites
The First ICOMOS-Bangladesh Workshop on Heritage Conservation and Management In partnership with Department of Architecture, Southeast University, Dhaka Supported by UNESCO Dhaka.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
There is a growing interest – along with an increase – in the number of projects involving cultural heritage in Bangladesh. However, a lack of opportunities for professional development for people involved in heritage protection or interested in developing a career in this field means Bangladesh is lagging far behind in protecting its cultural heritage, even when compared to other countries in the South Asian region. The aim of this workshop, which is the first of a series of workshops to be organised by ICOMOS-Bangladesh in future, is to provide a framework for professional assessment of heritage significance of cultural sites. The assessment is an essential first step for a wide array of decision making process touching sites of (potential) heritage importance. Providing a statement of heritage significance is also a required component of any nomination for UNESCO World Heritage inscription.
This workshop aimed to provide its participants with a framework to carry out a professional assessment of heritage significance of cultural sites and to develop a Statement of Heritage Significance, a key component of a Conservation Plan and Management Plan for heritage sites.