Borobudur, or Barabudur, is Mahayana Buddhist monument located in Central Java, Indonesia and isted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief  panels and 504 Buddha statues. Photo: Thrillseekr/CC 2.0

A resilient legacy of the past

Centre initiates international collaboration to better manage World Heritage cultural landscape sites in Indonesia.

Described as the world's legacy from the past, the UNESCO World Heritage List currently includes 890 properties and landscapes forming part of the cultural and natural heritage considered to have outstanding universal value. Seven of these can be found in Indonesia.
Now researchers from centre have joined forces with international organizations and officials from Indonesian department of History and Archaeology to help develop management plans for UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country.
Student meeting led to international collaboration
The collaboration started off when three Masters students from the centre discussed resilience and adaptive governance with landscape managers and officials from Bali and other parts of Indonesia. This spurred an interest to learn more about resilience theory and how to apply them in practice.
The collaboration will include researchers, senior site managers of UNESCO WH sites in Indonesia, UNESCO WH cultural landscape program specialists, and experts on management systems for heritage sites from the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Applying adaptive governance
Centre researcher Per Olsson is excited about the prospect of applying resilience thinking and adaptive governance to the management of cultural landscape sites in Indonesia. A key characteristic of adaptive governance is the importance of collaboration, flexibility and learning among stakeholders at different levels and within different areas of interest.
- Studying creative solutions and innovative ways to deal with environmental challenges and transform social-ecological systems is one of the core focus of our research here at the centre. Through this collaboration we can both learn from and contribute to such ongoing initiatives like the UNESCOS´s World Heritage program, Olsson says.

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