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MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE IN ASIA & EUROPE: Case studies of Essen (Germany) and Sawahlunto (Indonesia)

WEBINAR "MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE IN ASIA & EUROPE:  Case studies of Essen (Germany) and Sawahlunto (Indonesia)" Thursday, July 30, 2020 15.00 Western Indonesia Time or  10.00 Central European Summer Time. On 6 July 2019 was officially inscription of Sawahlunto in the UNESCO World Heritage List.  To commemorate the anniversary, Pan-Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation (Pansumnet) supported by several stakeholders organize a webinar about management of former coal mining sites. UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, Essen, Germany, that has been in the list since 2001 will share experiences and lessons learned as presenters, and heritage experts from Sawahlunto as discussants. What can Sawahlunto learn from Zollverein that has been on the list for almost two decades? What are the dynamics of heritage management in Asia and Europe? How can both sites learn from each other? If you are interested, please register via this link:


During 1997-2005 I lived in Sumatra Island, a population of 80 million, Indonesia. I traveled from end to end, to most of the villages, from Aceh to Lampung. This island has a very rich culture: customs, languages, foods, traditions, architecture, countless. Since I couldn't find any heritage organizations, I started to look for local contacts who were active in preserving local culture. After a year or two, there were about 14 organizations in Sumatra who got to know each other and shared similar passions for cultural heritage. All of us agreed to unite ourselves in a network called Pan-Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation (Pansumnet). We organized training and gathering periodically to exchange experiences and mostly to encourage each other to keep going despite challenges and limitations.  Anno 2020 Pansumnet survives and keeps its Whatsapp Group actively. We have also a monthly discussion with speakers from various islands. This is a network of individuals who work on gras