ASEAN-COCI/AusHeritage Cultural Mapping Capacity Building Project

One of the outcomes of the joint ASEAN-Australia ASEAN-COCI/AusHeritage Project to Develop a Regional ASEAN Policy and Strategy for Cultural Heritage Management was the recognition that, as ASEAN continues to strengthen systems for cultural heritage management, the development of a model for mapping regional cultural resources will provide highly valuable as a fundamental tool for development by providing data for setting priorities for the conservation and preservation of assets in the region. AusHeritage and ASEAN-COCI have agreed to jointly organize a project, Developing an ASEAN Model for Cultural Mapping. ASEAN-COCI is the sponsoring body for this project and has designated Indonesia as the ASEAN member country which will coordinate the project on ASEAN’s behalf. A project team is being formed with members from the coordinating country, the ASEAN Secretariat and AusHeritage.

The model will be developed through a three-stage process:

  • examining existing international cultural resource mapping approaches
  • staging a workshop involving ASEAN and AusHeritage specialists to review current international approaches
  • preparing a cultural resource mapping handbook for use by ASEAN.

Two expert participants from each ASEAN member country will attend the workshop which will be hosted by AusHeritage which will provide the specialist consultant training resource. This will be held in Adelaide at Artlab Australia in late March 2003.

A planning meeting for the workshop will be held at Artlab Australia on 21-23 October 2002 with two ASEAN and ASEAN Secretariat representatives. The meeting will think tank key issues in cultural mapping such as state-of-the-art international approaches to cultural mapping and key themes for the workshop and explore issues surrounding a cultural mapping handbook/guide in hardcopy and electronic interactive forms and its application in training.

AusHeritage is a network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations, established by the Australian Government in 1996. The network aims to facilitate the engagement of practitioners and organisations for the Australian heritage industry in the overseas arena.

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