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Workshop on Summary of UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund Program Held in Beijing
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On 21st February 2009, a workshop organized by State Administration of Cultural Heritage and UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage (UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund) was held in Beijing, focused on ‘Cooperation, Communication and Contribution’. Many experts, program managers and other participants from China, Japan and UNESCO shared experience in the eight-year restoration projects of Kumutula Thousand Buddha Grottos and Longmen Grottoes. During the meeting, participants discussed and summarized cooperative models, management systems and conservation technology, and then sought possibilities for further cooperation in other areas.


In 2001, UNESCO specialists made several evaluations on Kunmutula Thousand Buddha Grottos and Longmen Grottoes. On the basis of collected materials, they made project plan. According to their action plans, each of the two projects would be constructed in two stages. Until March 2005, the main work was composed of information collection, environmental evaluation, experimental research and preliminary design, including data collecting and processing, geological study, observation and treatment on environmental threats, protection study and conservation planning. In the second stage, from September 2005 till now, action plans for the conservation and restoration of two grottoes was drafted on the basis of the preparation work. Specialists selected several cases to undertake some experimental work, such as reinforcement and threats elimination. Within the eight years, UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund granted 1.25 million US$ to the two projects. Chinese government covered part of expenses as well.
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