Thursday, July 16, 2009

Peru requests Unesco to declare Qhapaq Ñan a World Cultural Heritage

The final technical report aimed to include Qhapaq Ñan (Great Inca Road) on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites, will be submitted to Unesco in 2010, said the director of Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC), Cecilia Bakula.
"The complete technical report would be submitted next year, so Unesco committee meeting can declare it World Heritage Site in 2011," said the owner.
Qhapaq Ñan constituted the principal north-south highway of the Inca Empire traveling 6000 km along the spine of the Andes. It allowed the Inca to control his Empire that covered a vast region stretching from the south of Colombia passing through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northwest Argentina to reach Santiago de Chile.
According to Bakula, a meeting of National Committees has been held to consolidate the nominating process of Qhapaq Ñan as World Cultural Heritage and establish the guidelines of the technical report.
The event, scheduled for July 20-23, will be attended by representatives of Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina , Bolivia and Chile. Four stretches of road have been identified in Peru, as well as two other binational paths shared with Bolivia and Ecuador.Different organizations such as Unesco and IUCN have been working to protect this ancient route, in collaboration with the governments and communities of the 6 countries through which the Great Inca Road passes.
The objective of Unesco is to assist the countries that share this common heritage in a pioneering project: the preparation of a unique candidature to inscribe the Qhapaq Ñan as a
World Heritage Site.

Source: Andina


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