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Penang and Melaka should learn from Vigan City in Philippines

Vigan city with limited financial resources has proved with the result that money is not number one factor in preserving a historic city. The community participation is more important to make a city livable and cost effective in preserving its culture and heritage.

With the unhealthy trend is seen in Penang and Melaka heritage cities, I predict both cities will be another soulless ghost cities by 2020.

Vigan, Philippines recognized for best practice in World Heritage site management

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Historic Town of Vigan (Philippines), inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999, has been recognized as a model of best practices in World Heritage site management, at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. The distinction will be officially announced and a certificate presented to the Mayor of Vigan, Ms Eva Marie S. Medina, during the closing event of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in Kyoto, Japan, on 8 November.

Vigan’s successful and sustainable management has been achieved with relatively limited resources, which should make it adaptable to sites in all countries; the local community is well integrated into many aspects of the sustainable conservation and management of the property; and a multi-faceted approach to the protection of the site has been developed.

Recognizing and rewarding best practice in World Heritage site management on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention was called for by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in Paris, France in 2011. Twenty-three countries participated by sending in proposals for 28 World Heritage sites, both cultural and natural. Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee mandated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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