Latin America and the Caribbean
A number of specific conservation projects within the Region have been undertaken mostly through funding provided by extra-budgetary resources. The current projects under implementation in 2015 are:
The “Project for the preservation and conservation of Tiwanaku and the Akapana Pyramid” was launched at the beginning of 2009 and funded by the Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) under the coordination of UNESCO Quito.
Since its official launching, several administrative and institutional difficulties hindered its foreseen implementation. In August 2012 the JFIT financed an expert meeting at Tiwanaku, in order to establish a new revised project document, including a new work-plan of activities and budget. In 2014 an Advisory Mission to the property took place in order to assist the State Party for the finalization of the Management and Conservation Plan for the property.
A second phase on the implementation of the project will be launched in 2015, funded also by the JFIT, under the coordination of UNESCO Quito and the supervision of WHC/LAC.
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The project “Mobilization of women and youth for the transmission of artisanal techniques to preserve earthen architecture in Cuenca” in Ecuador funded by the Panasonic Funds. The project is currently under implementation by CRATerre under the supervision of WHC/LAC.
The overall objective of the project is, to support the initiatives undertaken by the national authorities regarding the conservation of the property, through the social inclusion of women and young people through the enhancement of traditional artisanal techniques associated to earthen architecture.
The “Conservation project at the North Acropolis of Tikal” in Guatemala is a project financed by the Japanese Funds-in Trust (JFIT) which will be launched in 2015.
It has been elaborated with the objective of stabilizing and consolidating the most vulnerable structures of the North Acropolis while developing a Digital Archive system for the conservation and public education. It will further develop training of the local (technical staff and communities) and propose a conservation strategy for the site.
Several institutions will participate in the implementation of the project, particularly the Technical Unit of Tikal (PANAT) and Kanazawa University, under the evaluation of the Vice-ministry of Cultural and Natural Heritage, and coordination of UNESCO Guatemala.