Another Push for World Heritage Status for Jatiluwih Terraces

TABANAN ~ The exotic agricultural area of Jatiluwih in Tabanan has failed to be awarded status as a World Heritage Site, after the regent of Tabanan made a presentation about the area at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Center in Paris, France.

However, UNESCO has requested that Jatiluwih’s bid for World Heritage Site status be resubmitted together with all other potential World Heritage Sites in Bali.

The head of the Culture and Tourism Department in Tabanan, I Wayan Diasa, said Jatiluwuh actually fulfilled the requirements to become a World Heritage Site, but the area is only 300 hectares, 700 hectares short of the required 1000.

Diasa said the three sites that would be included in the resubmission in six months’ time are the watersheds of the Pekerisan River in Gianyar; Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi, Badung; and Jatiluwih.

“We are still working hard on the bid for Jatiluwih to be named a World Heritage Site. There are still a few things that need to be changed,” he said.

He said everyone involved in the bid felt optimistic, and because of the uniqueness of the area, they do not think their efforts will go to waste.

The improvements for the Jatiluwih area before the resubmission, such as expanding the forest, are still being discussed, but the committee has agreed organization of the ricefields, forest and temples should be based on the Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana (three ways to reach happiness).

“Later, if the bid is officially accepted, financing the conservation of the area will be the responsibility of UNESCO and Bali together,” Diasa concluded.

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