Projects – Culture
The Power of Culture: Supporting Community-based Management and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage Sites in Malaysia and Southeast Asia
Penang weaving

Photo ©Sharizad Sulaiman/UNESCO Jakarta

In order to support sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites, UNESCO Office Jakarta and UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) have introduced the UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism (WH+ST) Programme to the respective stakeholders of the targeted WH sites in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. This will support responsible parties i.e. Ministry of Tourism and Culture, local government, and site managers to manage tourism efficiently, responsibly and sustainably based on the local community context and needs. Networking amongst site managers will also be strengthened.





Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Reduction of Heritage Cities in Southeast Asia and Small Island Developing States in the Pacific


Three heritage cities have been selected as the pilot sites undpenangworkshop1er this project, namely:

1) Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia),

2) Jakarta Old Town (Indonesia), and

3) Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji).

Funded by the Government of Malaysia under the Malaysia-UNESCO Cooperation Programme (MUCP), the overall objective of the project is to build capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of heritage cities in SEA and Pacific SIDS with a view to developing DRR strategies and integrate them into the overall heritage management plan of heritage cities. The project will consist of several activities, which expect to achieve these two results: 1) to enhance the capacity of stakeholders involved in DRR of heritage cities in Southeast Asia and Pacific, and 2) to empower communities living in heritage cities through the improved management plans including DRR strategies.

Key AchievementsNews

Organized an Inception Workshop on 5 and 6 April at Bayview George Town Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. Twenty-four (24) participants from Malaysia, Indonesia and Fiji attended the workshop. Participants were expected to formulate strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction within one year of the inception workshop.This inception workshop will be followed by a national workshop for the development of DRR plan/strategy in each participating heritage cities (Levuka, George Town and Melaka, Kota Tua) as well as development of web-based communication platform and production of tool kits to raise community awareness on DRR in heritage cities.