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Shaxi Rehabilitation Project gewinnt prestigeträchtigen UNESCO Award

Das vom IRL geleitete Shaxi Rehabilitation Project wurde von der UNESCO als Gewinner des “Award of Distinction“ im Rahmen des 2005 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation“ ausgezeichnet.

The Shaxi Rehabilitation Project Gains International Acclaim with Prestigious UNESCO Award

The Shaxi Rehabilitation Project (SRP) received top accolades from UNESCO as winner of the Award of Distinction in the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.
The Shaxi Rehabilitation Project (SRP) is a bilateral initiative in culture and development implemented by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and in partnership with the People's Government of Jianchuan County, P.R.C. SRP was initiated in 2001 following nomination of the Market Square to the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites to protect and revitalize the imperiled cultural and natural heritage of Sideng and the Shaxi Valley.
The Heritage Awards program recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations in successfully restoring structures of heritage value spanning a wide range of projects from private residences to palace complexes. In 2005, a total number of 34 entries were received from 11 countries and administrative areas in the Asia-Pacific region.
For the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award, SRP sought nomination for the superior restoration of a largely abandoned mid-Qing dynasty (1616 - 1911) Kuixing Tower and Theater, the addition of an exhibit hall in its adjunct wings, and the successful revival of the Market Square in Sideng village. The Market Square revival comprises restoration of the exterior façade, including traditional wooden store fronts lining the Square, the Xingjiao Temple entrance, peripheral town gates, original paving and traditional street lighting. As recipient of a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award, SRP was acknowledged for setting a technical and social benchmark for conservation in the northern Dali region of Yunnan province in Southwest China, while acting as a catalyst for local preservation activity. An elite jury of international conservation experts renowned for their knowledge of conservation in the Asia-Pacific region commended SRP for providing the foundation upon which communities can construct a future.
In achieving the highest international standards of conservation, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) has dedicated enormous technical and human resources to strengthening local capacity, reviving indigenous knowledge and raising awareness for the Bai ethnic community. In 2005 and 2006, a primary goal is to establish the Shaxi Preservation and Development Bureau as an independent body of organization under local leadership, and engage leading Swiss and Chinese expertise to assist local staff and top university students in accomplishing a series of sub-projects. These include the ongoing restoration of Xingjiao Temple and its original Ming Dynasty Buddhist tapestry wall paintings circa 1415, installation of an ecological sanitation system, expansion of advanced infrastructure, and upgrade of tourism services. Plans further exist to revive an abandoned religious structure as a cultural monument and guest accommodation, restore a segment of the former Tea and Horse Caravan Trail, establish a museum focusing on religion in the Shaxi Valley, and introduce a system of microcredit.