Hill forts of Rajasthan (India)
India has first ever serial nomination for Hill forts of Rajasthan in WH. It’s very important to have a risk management plan in place keeping number of tourists in mind. Also one of the steps towards safeguarding heritage.
It is correct. Risk management is very essential for heritage sites. I have attached a picture of myself standing inside the Amer Fort, Jaipur. Numerous pathways inside the fort necessitates such planning in case of any crisis. Preparedness is very essential.
@drsanjib Along with preparedness for risk management, also required is a systematic tourism management plan to balance out the loss of authenticity of these forts and their commodification for tourism. Rajasthan, being a state reliant on tourism and a rich repository of historical magnificence, its easier to economize on the existing heritage. The involvement of stakeholders, cultural bearers and external agencies on an equal level is essential.
In the Statement there are some management lacunae. I wonder whether these issues are being addressed?
Nominations to the World Heritage List WHC/21/44.COM/8B.Add, p. 28
The Jaipur Heritage Management Plan (2007) provides the vision for Jaipur Heritage and is legislated through the Jaipur Master Plan 2025 (see Annexure II, i). The property will be managed as per overall guidelines and the framework outlined in the Jaipur Master Plan 2025 under Section 2- Development Plan for U1 Area. The walled city has been recognized as a special area for heritage conservation under the Development Plan and shares the vision outlined in the Jaipur Heritage Management Plan 2007. As the Jaipur Heritage Management Plan has been implemented in various phases and synchronized with other plans, a comprehensive management strategy with an action plan protecting the attributes will serve as an extension to the Jaipur Heritage Management Plan for the management and monitoring of the property.
The extension and enhancement of the management system is needed, to cover all attributes and provide for a coordinated management supporting administrative tools and decision mechanisms. The management system shall include a detailed monitoring program and an overall interpretation and presentation policy and program.