Heritage management plan for Burkhan Khaldun discussed

2020-09-07 13:53:42

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On September 4, the Administration for the Protection of the World Heritage Site - Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape - organized a multilateral meeting to discuss the heritage management plan for Burkhan Khaldun. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Tourism Policy Department of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture, Khan Khentii Nature Reserve Administration, Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences, National Center for Cultural Heritage, Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, and other stakeholders.

‘Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape’ was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2015 and all-stakeholder-inclusive development of a management plan for the heritage site is of great importance in its conservation and protection. The meeting participants underlined the importance of coordinating the activities of the Burkhan Khaldun Protection Administration which was established this year, in line with the National Programs for Stone-built Cultural Heritages and Intangible Cultural Heritages and conducting a detailed research of cultural monuments and registering them.

They also mentioned the necessity of involvement of government, non-governmental organizations, private entities, local communities, and foreign and local donor organizations in the research, conservation, and global promotion of the heritage site associated with Chinggis Khaan.

At the meeting, Khan Khentii Nature Reserve Administration made a report on the works it has carried out for the conservation of the heritage site and the Environment Ministry Tourism Policy Department emphasized the necessity of aligning the tourism support plan for the heritage site with the Eastern Region Tourism Development Plan, while mentioning some activities such as the creation of travel itineraries and campsites have already begun.

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