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ICOMOS CIVVIH Establishes Asia-Pacific Committee and Holds International Academic Seminar
On Apr. 14, 2018, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) of the International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH), ICOMOS China, School of Architecture Tsinghua University, ICOMOS China Special Committee on Historic Towns and Villages, and Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute (THUPDI) jointly held the “Founding Meeting for Asia-Pacific Committee of ICOMOS CIVVIH and International Academic Seminar of ICOMOS China Special Committee on Historic Towns and Villages” in Beijing.

Sophia Koloni, President of ICOMOS CIIVVIH and Song Xinchao, Deputy Head of State Administration of Cultural Heritage and President of ICOMOS China, delivered speeches at the meeting. Song Xinchao stated that after over 30 years, China has gradually established an overall protection system for historic and cultural cities, towns, and villages. It is expected that the founding of Asia-Pacific Committee of ICOMOS CIIVVIH can further facilitate the sustainable protection and management of historic and cultural cities, towns, and villages in Asia-Pacific region and also in China. The Office of the Asia-Pacific Committee is set at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University and Research Center of Heritage Conservation and Urban-Rural Development, THUPDI, headed by Prof. Zhang Jie of Tsinghua University. The Asia-Pacific Committee is composed of representatives of member countries in Asia-Pacific region including China, Japan, Korea, Australia, India, etc. The goal of the organization is to strengthen the international cooperation on historic towns and villages in Asia-Pacific region and to form academic research force in the region that is more influential. At the seminar, the guests carried out discussion on themes concerning the practices and methods for sustainable protection and management of historic towns in Asia-Pacific region, in order to boost the communication of experiences in techniques and management of historic towns protection and related collaboration in the region. Song Xinchao introduced the challenges and opportunities China is facing in protection of ancient villages, and putting forward suggestions on revitalization of ancient village protection. The conference attracted many experts and scholars in the field of historic towns and villages protection in Asia-Pacific region, who communicated with each other about their own experiences and inspirations in their countries. The seminar and the Asia-Pacific Committee will stimulate experience sharing and cooperation on historic towns and villages protection research in the region, and also further expand China’s international influence in this field.

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