Manama, June 21 (Bahrain NOW), written by Kashmeera Sambamurthy:
The 42nd World Heritage Site Managers’ Forum 2018, witnessed the assemble of delegates from all over the world to exchange experience among site managers. Mainly focused on the protection of significant properties and places of outstanding universal value, the forum stressed on the adoption of strategies like Reactive Monitoring to protect the heritage sites and preserve and enhance its identity. Stressing on matters to ensure the effective management of cultural sites, the discussion broadened the benefits of capacity building and various development projects that threatened the very foundation of a sites heritage. Highlighting more about the Forum, the ICOMOS World Heritage Advisor, Kristal Buckley AM said, “I am in Bahrain to provide advices to the World Heritage Committee in relation to cultural heritage properties and issues. Personally, the preservation of heritage is a concern not just for me, but for every country, and heritage sites must be a priority not a choice.”
Furthering ahead, she stressed on the importance of site managers and the role they played in the preservation of a country’s heritage. She said that, in every country, the rules or laws laid down in relation to the management of heritage site varied. Due to this difference, one would come across places where in some, site managers would be less, and in certain areas, more which has resulted in several perceiving it as an imbalance. Stating the work of site managers to be of an all rounder ranging from tourism to marketing, the forum also stressed on the formation and the main duties UNESCO played in the preservation of heritage sites. Buckley concluded by saying that, every citizen, tourist or outsider had a big role to play in the preservation of heritage sites, and five years down the line, she expected the forum to continue and meet its set agendas to see every place shine bright as the preserver of its cultural heritage.