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Participatory Management Plan for Jesuit and Franciscan Missionary Heritage 

in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Santa Cruz and Tarija in Bolivia

This project aims to strengthen the management capacity between the authorities responsible for cultural heritage management in Bolivia, and ensure the active participation of departmental, regional and local communities in the conservation and preservation of Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage for its sustainability and social appropriation.

The proposal includes the identification and systematization of the Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage (42 missions) localized in the departments of Beni, Chiquisaca, Santa Cruz and Tarija, and the development of actions needed for the effective conservation of this cultural heritage and to promote its role in contributing to the sustainable development of local communities.

The main outcomes of this project will be the strengthened management capacity of the missions, including active participation by the communities, and the formulation and implementation of a Participatory Management Plan for the Jesuit and Franciscan Missions.

Fund this project
Budget Proposed
US$ 100,000

Duration
18 months

Beneficiary
Bolivia

Category
Conservation ● Capacity Building

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Context

This project aims to strengthen the management capacity between the authorities responsible for cultural heritage management in Bolivia, and ensure the active participation of departmental, regional and local communities in the conservation and preservation of Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage for its sustainability and social appropriation.

The proposal includes the identification and systematization of the Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage (42 missions) localized in the departments of Beni, Chiquisaca, Santa Cruz and Tarija, and the development of actions needed for the effective conservation of this cultural heritage and to promote its role in contributing to the sustainable development of local communities.

The main outcomes of this project will be the strengthened management capacity of the missions, including active participation by the communities, and the formulation and implementation of a Participatory Management Plan for the Jesuit and Franciscan Missions.

Objectives

  1. To develop a Participatory Management Plan for Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage in Beni, Chisquisaca, Santa Cruz and Tarija with the broad participation of the relevant actors.

  2. To strengthen the management capacity of national, departmental and local authorities, and a diverse set of community members, for the conservation, protection and sustainability of Jesuit and Franciscan mission heritage.

  3. To identify and promote opportunities for sustainable development of local communities through the effective conservation and management and the strengthening of social appropriation of missionary heritage.


 

 Outcomes
& Beneficiaries

  1. A Participatory Management Plan for Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage between the national authorities and the local communities will be elaborated and implemented.

  2. The management capacity of national, departmental and local authorities for the management of cultural heritage will be strengthened.
  3. The diverse components of the Jesuit and Franciscan cultural heritage will be identified, valued and inventoried within the national registration and cataloguing system.

  4. The identification of the appropriation actions for conservation of the missionary heritage, and opportunities to improve cultural appropriation and socioeconomic development of communities, will be recognized and promoted.
  5. In coordination with the relevant authorities involved in cultural heritage management in Bolivia, the active participation of the following community members will be ensured in the project’s activities:
  • Local residents
  • Religious community and leadership
  • Departmental and local government
  • Visitors
  • Academics and heritage professionals
  • Students
  • Children and youth

 Relevance

Community participation in the development and implementation of conservation and management plans in World Heritage Sites is one of the priorities identified in the regional Action Plan for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean (PARALC), 2014-2024 adopted by World Heritage Committee Decision 38 COM 10B.4, and the sub-regional Action Plan for World Heritage in South America (PAAS), 2015 – 2020, developed by the relevant States Parties in Cuzco, Peru in 2015.

This project highlights the relevance of the Jesuit and Franciscan missionary heritage for its cultural contribution in South America, particularly in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. Given the vast extension of important missionary settlements in these countries beyond those inscribed on the World Heritage List, this project can also serve as model to be implemented in other regions in South America to strengthen the protection and promotion of their missionary heritage.

Based on the management experience of the World Heritage property of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, this project seeks to recognize and protect a greater assemblage of Bolivia’s rich cultural heritage, following the broad and global spirit of the World Heritage Convention.

 Timeline

The following tentative timeline (18 months) is envisaged for implementation of the project:

> September 2018: Approval by donor(s)
> Contractual and funding arrangements
  • Phase 1: Administration and work plan
  • Phase 2: Capacity-building workshops
  • Phase 3: Identification and inventory of missions
  • Phase 4: Development of the Management Plan
  • Phase 5: dissemination and socialisation of the Plan
> February 2020: Reporting of the project to the donor(s).

 Budget

An estimated overall extra-budgetary funding of US$100,000 is needed for the implementation of this project (including administrative costs). These funds will cover:
  • National technical coordinator
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for programmed meetings and workshops
  • Fees for mission of one ICOMOS expert
  • Field visits to missions
  • Meetings and workshops
  • Design and printing of communications materials and other documentation produced
  • Production and dissemination of the Participative Management Plan
  • Development of final project report for donor.

 Visibility

A communication & visibility plan will be developed in consultation with the donor(s) and will include (but not limited to) the options below:

Visibility material

Placement / Event

Outreach

Audience

Information on the project 

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LAC Extra-budgetary webpage:
whc.unesco.org/en/activities/831

Latin America and the Caribbean Community

Reports to the World Heritage Committee

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World Heritage Committee session (43rd session, 30 June to 10 July 2019)

WH Committee members, Observers, NGOs, site-managers, press

Approx. 2,000 participants from 193 countries

Side-event

Logo + speech

Article in the World Heritage Review

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“World Heritage Review” Magazine and “World Heritage Information”

Public

Approx. 20,000 targeted subscribers

Contact

Cesar Moreno-Triana
Project Officer
World Heritage Centre
Latin America and the Caribbean Unit
c.moreno-triana@unesco.org


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