The Silk Roads Cultural Heritage Resource Information System (CHRIS)
The Silk Roads CHRIS in view of the Central Asia Silk Roads serial transnational World Heritage nomination
As a follow-up to the Periodic Report for Asia, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) have been assisting States Parties in identifying new and under-represented categories of properties to be nominated for possible inscription on the World Heritage List. In this context, an initiative was launched in 2005 for the nomination of a serial transnational World Heritage property representing the cultural phenomenon of the Silk Roads.
The Silk Roads CHRIS initiative has been set up in consultation with the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre; and by a Belgian consortium headed by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), K.U.Leuven. It involves for the time being five Central Asian countries, namely, the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan in conjunction with the People’s Republic of China and the Japanese Funds-in-Trust project at UNESCO. It aims to support the preparation of the joint nomination dossier within the Framework of the Silk Roads World Heritage serial transnational Nomination.
Furthermore, the current initiative might be seen as an initial step and will provide a methodological framework towards a larger thematic initiative for the nomination of several other properties in many other countries.
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