Entries are now being accepted for the 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage
Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The awards programme, in its
ninth year, recognizes the achievement of individuals and organizations
within the private sector, and public-private initiatives, in
successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific
region.  The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2008.

In addition to the established awards, entries are also accepted for the
Jury Commendation for Innovation to recognize newly-built structures
which demonstrate outstanding standards for contemporary architectural
design that are well-integrated into historic contexts.

Projects involving buildings more than fifty years old and which were
completed within the last ten years are eligible for consideration.
Houses, commercial, cultural, religious, industrial or institutional
buildings, gardens and bridges, for example, are all eligible for
consideration. Public-private partnership projects such as historic
towns, urban quarters and rural settlements where the essential elements
are more than 50 years old are all eligible.

Entries for the 2008 awards programme must be submitted with an official
entry form, drawings, photographs and project description to the UNESCO
Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific in
Bangkok. Complete programme information, including an entry form, is
available on the web at http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritageawards.

Winners will be announced in June 2008, with a selected number of
entries receiving the "Award of Excellence", "Award of Distinction",
"Award of Merit", "Honourable Mention" and "Jury Commendation".

We would greatly appreciate if you could help promote this programme in
your area through your regular publicity channels. Please find attached
a copy of the Press Release.



For more information please contact:

Montira H. Unakul
Office of the UNESCO Regional Advisor
for Culture in Asia and the Pacific
UNESCO Bangkok Office
Tel:  (66 2) 391-0577 ext. 509
Fax: (66 2) 391-0866
Email: [email protected]
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