Regional Co-operation for Cultural Heritage Development
რეგიონალური თანამშრომლობა კულტურული მემკვიდრეობის განვითარებისათვის
Տարածաշրջանային համագործակցություն հանուն մշակութային ժառանգության զարգացման
Національна політика щодо культурної спадщини
Mədəni irsin inkişaf Etdimilməsi üçün regional əməkdaşlıq
Рэгіянальнае супрацоўніцтва ў мэтах развіцця культурнай спадчыны
E- Journal №1
Dear Colleagues,

ICOMOS Georgia and its partners – ICOMOS Armenia, Ltd. Architectura I Prestizh (Ukraine) and Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage – are pleased to announce that issue 1 of the regional e-magazine Heritage Conservation. Regional Network Journal, established within the EU funded project Regional Co-operation for Cultural Heritage Development, is now available online.

This is the first effort of providing information exchange platform for the heritage professionals of the entire EaP region, contributing to the understanding of the state of heritage preservation within wider regional context, encouraging analysis and identification of the common problems and challenges, as well as finding ways for their solution. In order to ensure maximal dissemination of the provided information, e-magazine is multi-lingual, with articles in English and native languages of the authors. We hope that our effort will improve communication within the heritage professionals on the regional and international levels.

As every new endeavour, work on issue 1 of the e-magazine proved rather challenging, especially in terms of re-establishing and activating professional links and communication. As a result, we received interesting articles – Cultural Heritage Policy issues are discussed by Dr. Eugene Martin (Moldova), Dr. Yuri Maslov (Ukraine), meanwhile, Mrs. Valeria Suruceanu (Moldova), Dr. Inga Karaia (Georgia) focus on the problems of museum policy development, giving a good possibility of comparing the general situation in these countries. Acute needs and requirements of the communities in relation to the cultural heritage in Ukraine and Georgia are analysed by Dr. Liliya Gnatyuk (Ukraine) and Dr. Nino Inaishvili (Georgia), highlighting that existence of unsolved problems in this direction is common for both countries. Problems of preservation and development of urban and rural heritage in Azerbaijan are tackled by Mr. Rizvan Bayramov (Azerbaijan), while Mr. Silvio Calvi (Italy) gives his vision on the current development activities and risks for rural heritage in Georgia. Rich archaeological heritage of Armenia and issues of its preservation are overviewed by Dr. Mkrtich Zardaryan (Armenia).

We hope that our e-magazine will be interesting and useful for our colleagues, provoking further discussions and exchange of ideas.

We would like to thank the authors for their contribution and co-operation.
Special thanks are due to Ms. Angela Wheeler, The Fulbright Program Fellow, who had assisted us in editing English texts.

Dr. Marine Kenia
Cultural Heritage Policy
“What Process of Change is needed for Moldavian Cultural Policy Reform and Strategy Development?”
The Republic of Moldova is entering a new phase of democratic evolution. The country passed through an initial phase that began with the Declaration of Independence in 1991, and lasted until the parliamentary elections of 2001.
(See in Romanian)
Basic Theses of the Policy - Strategy of the Preservation of the Immovable Cultural Heritage of Kiev
Strategy determines the basic priorities, aims and the leading principles, criteria and the directions of the safeguarding the immovable cultural heritage of Kiev as the main resource of the sustainable development of the City, and also the mechanisms of realization of the policy in this sphere.
(See in Russian)
Reality and the Standards of Excellence at the National Art Museum of Moldova
Republic of Moldova is an Eastern European country with a rich cultural heritage. Actually the Government of Moldova continues to develop a national strategy on cultural heritage preservation.
(See in Russian)
Museum Policy Problems and Issues in Georgia
After the collapse of the Soviet Union post-soviet countries and among them for Georgia, had to face radical challenges linked with the achieved state independence, new economic relations and protracted ethno-conflicts in the region.
(See in Georgian)
Communities & Heritage
The Role of Religious Communities for the Development of the World Heritage Properties
Now the multilevel latent conflict continues and grows: a conflict between the public interests and the church, the church and museums, government departments and museums, between various Christian denominations.
(See in Russian)
Development of Batumi Historic Boulevard – New Reality and Challenges for Civil Society
Seaside boulevard, which is one of the most important site of Batumi, is situated in the historic part of Batumi. It runs along the coastline and is located between the beach and line of constructed buildings.
(See in Georgian)
Urban & Rural Heritage
Historical Towns and Villages of Azerbaijan: Issues of Their Preservation
The history of the first settlements in modern-day Azerbaijan has ancient roots dating back millennia BC. Numerous settlements were unearthed by Azerbaijani archaeologists.
(See in Azerbaijani)
What Future for Svaneti?
Also this year I had the pleasure to visit Svaneti, this exceptional valley of the Caucasus chain which has been included, in particular with the Ushguli village, in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
(See in Georgian)
Archaeological Heritage
Archaeological Investigations in Syunik Region Armenia, and the Problems of Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage
The south-eastern region of Armenia - Syunik still remains in line of archaeologically less investigated areas of the Republic.
(See in Armenian)
Archaeological Investigations in Syunik Region Armenia, and the Problems of Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage
Archaeological excavations of the largest Syunik site were held in 2006-2007, and continued in 2012. The settlement is located to the east of the modern town of Sisyan, beside the southern bank of the Vorotan River, on steep heights dominating the adjacent area, and enclosing a territory of ca. 200 ha (elevations min.-max. 1575 - 1685 m/a.s.l.).
(See in Armenian)
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