Cultural Heritage Expert (2018)
The Government of Indonesia contracted with the World Bank and Tourism Development International (TDI) to develop an Integrated Tourism Master Plan (ITMP) for Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan in Central Java. The plan provides a strong framework for effective and sustainable tourism and land development.
As the Cultural Heritage Expert, I researched and inventoried all sites in the region to ensure that planned developments are sustainable and comply with international standards for heritage preservation.
Borobudur (9th Century Buddhist) and Prambanan (9th Century Hindu) temples are both cultural heritage sites of global significance and were inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. However, they are in danger of losing their outstanding universal values due to over visitation, mismanagement, and an overall lack of understanding and awareness of the importance of preserving the country's tangible and intangible heritage resources. It is hoped the ITMP will mitigate some of these negative effects.
Yogyakarta is the center of the country's hand painted batik fabrics. Indonesian Batik was inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List in 2009.