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Sangiran Early Man Site

Indonesia
Factors affecting the property in 2002*
  • Interpretative and visitation facilities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Society's valuing of heritage
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2002
Requests approved: 2 (from 1998-1998)
Total amount approved : 25,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2002**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

A UNESCO Training Seminar on Conservation, Preservation, and Management of Zhoukoudian and Sangiran Cultural World Heritage Sites was organized in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, between 15 - 20 April 2002.  The aim of the meeting was to exchange experiences and improve knowledge of the managers of the two similar properties.  The participants discussed ways and means for strengthening co-operation between China and Indonesia for enhanced protection and research of prehistoric hominid World Heritage properties. Taking into account the recently renewed Cultural Agreement between the two governments, the meeting recommended concrete actions to enhance communication and collaboration between site managers of the two properties.

In light of the complete lack of a permanent site management authority for the property, the meeting recommended that a co-ordinating board for the protection and management site be established.  During the meeting, the Indonesian authorities proposed that this board be established by June 2002.  It was further recommended that the elaboration of a comprehensive management plan be a priority action for this co-ordinating board. The meeting also recommended that a regular monitoring system on the state of conservation using clearly defined indicators be elaborated.

A WHC Consultant who participated at this meeting noted that this property has expanded to 56 hectares due to new archaeological findings in the Southern Mountains area.  It was recommended that appropriate steps be taken to formally request the World Heritage Committee to include the extended boundaries of the property within the World Heritage area.  The WHC mission also noted that site interpretation as well as community awareness raising could be enhanced through the organization of on-site training courses for the site and museum employees involving local communities. Combined with the capacity building needs for comprehensive management of the property, the WHC mission recommended that technical and financial assistance, such as the UNESCO-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation Concerning the Protection and Promotion of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region, World Heritage Fund or other sources, be mobilized to address all of the above issues. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2002
26 COM 21B.52
Sangiran Early Man Site (Indonesia)
The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for hosting the UNESCO Training Seminar on Conservation, Preservation and Management of Zhoukoudian and Sangiran Cultural World Heritage Sites in April 2002, supported by the World Heritage Fund;

2. Notes the absence of a permanent site-management authority supported by both conservation and development authorities and expresses its gratitude to the authorities for establishing a "Co-ordinating Board for the Protection and Management of Sangiran World Heritage Site"; 

3. Encourages the Board to elaborate a comprehensive management plan for the property, including a systematic monitoring scheme;  

4. Encourages the authorities to seek technical and financial co-operation from the World Heritage Fund and through UNESCO agreements in order to increase the capacity of the officers responsible for the conservation, preservation and management of the property and to enhance site interpretation and presentation as well as community awareness;

5. Requests the World Heritage Centre to assist the authorities in mobilizing resources in an appropriate and timely manner;

6. Notes that recent archaeological excavations surrounding the existing World Heritage property have revealed valuable archaeological and scientific deposits;

7. Encourages the authorities to consider extending the World Heritage property to include the newly excavated areas of potential World Heritage value.

The Committee may wish to adopt the following decision:

 

"The Committee, taking note of the report on the state of conservation of the Sangiran Early Man site, expresses its appreciation to the State Party for hosting the UNESCO Training Seminar on Conservation, Preservation, and Management of Zhoukoudian and Sangiran Cultural World Heritage Sites in April 2002, supported by the World Heritage Fund. 

The Committee, noting the absence of a permanent site management authority supported by both conservation and development authorities, expresses its gratitude to the authorities for establishing a "Co-ordinating Board for the Protection and Management of Sangiran World Heritage Site". In light of the lack of a management scheme, the Committee encourages this Board to elaborate a comprehensive management plan for the property including a systematic monitoring scheme.  Moreover, in light of the need to enhance site interpretation and presentation as well as community awareness, the Committee encourages the authorities to seek technical and financial co-operation from the World Heritage Fund and other UNESCO Agreements to increase the capacity of the officers responsible for the conservation, presentation and management of the property. To this end, the Committee requests the World Heritage Centre to assist the authorities in mobilizing resources in an appropriate and timely manner.

Finally, noting that recent archaeological excavations surrounding the existing World Heritage property have revealed valuable archaeological and scientific deposits, the Committee encourages the authorities to consider extending the World Heritage property to include the newly excavated areas of potential World Heritage value." 

Report year: 2002
Indonesia
Date of Inscription: 1996
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 26COM (2002)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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