2 December 2016The UNESCO Expert Meeting for Preparation of the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination “Silk Roads: Fergana – Syrdarya Corridor” took place in Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan) on 14 November 2016. This Expert Meeting aimed to continue the close consultation and coordination between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the preparation of the “Fergana-Syrdarya Corridor” World Heritage nomination dossier. The Expert Meeting worked on the harmonization of the knowledge and the analysis of the component sites proposed for inclusion in the Silk Roads nomination dossier. In particular, detailed discussions were held regarding the potential attributes of Outstanding Universal Value for all the individual sites that make up the proposed Silk Roads Heritage Corridor and the “Fergana – Syrdarya” Heritage Corridor as a whole. This discussion was undertaken with a view to enhancing the cohesion between each component site of the “Fergana-Syrdarya Corridor”, but also between this particular corridor and other established and/or proposed corridors in the Silk Roads network.
During this meeting, the Secretariat and Working Group in charge of drafting the final version of the nomination dossier were elected from the participants. The detailed work plan was reflected in the “Kyzylorda Action Plan” that was adopted by the end of the meeting.
The organization of this meeting has benefited from the close collaboration between the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO, the Kazakhstan National World Heritage Committee, and UNESCO (UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty and World Heritage Centre), with generous financial support from the Administration of Kyzylorda Region (Kazakhstan) and the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust Project: ‘Support for Silk Roads World Heritage Sites in Central Asia (Phase II)’. The meeting has called for up to 50 participants including representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tatarstan (Russian Federation), Uzbekistan, Japan, Belgium and UNESCO.