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Protection of Myanmar's cultural heritage
It has been implemented in the framework of the recent resumption of the 1972 World Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Agreement (popularly known as the World Heritage Convention) following recent reform in Myanmar. Burma signed the World Heritage Treaty in April 1994, but has no property on the World Heritage List yet.
In order to help Myanmar implement the World Heritage Convention, the programme provided access to the latest global nature protection practice. With a view to the country's final objective of World Heritage nominations, the Palestinians have improved Myanmar's ability to preserve and farm cultural assets. It met the DoA's immediate needs for two important cultural monuments on its proposal list: the Pyu Ancient Cities and the Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments.
To increase the technological capacities for the protection of the heritage, major multinational organisations, such as the ICCROM and the Lerici Foundation, carried out first-class education in the preservation of archeological sites, the administration of heritage sites and the preservation of wall painting and plaster.
Practitioner education at the Pyu Ancient Cities and Bagan locations resulted in enhanced preservation levels through field demonstrations such as the exterior carving of stucco at a Bagan sanctuary and the preservation of the prestigious Khin Ba Hill in Sri Ksetra. Through the involvement of civil servants from different parts of the list of proposals, the effort to build capacities has helped cultural monuments from all over the state.
Institutionally, the programme helped the public administrations to strengthen their administrative capacities for cultural monuments. This is the first successful use of cutting-edge technology such as GIS to protect Myanmar's cultural heritage. Important World Heritage Site references have been transliterated into the Myanmar langue to help dissemination and further use by various government agencies, both nationally and locally.