The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the National Cultural Heritage Council held a seminar titled "Cultural heritages in the sustainable development" in Hanoi on March 1.
The seminar attracted nearly 100 scientists, researchers and culture officials with 30 presentations.
Participants said there remain limited awareness of the role of culture in sustainable development in Vietnam. Culture has yet to really be regarded as a development resource, and it is still dwarfed by other factors in the sustainable development strategy.
Culture must be considered a pillar of sustainable development aside from economic, environmental and social aspects, according to delegates.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai speaks at the seminar.
Participants said instead of simply listing and compiling dossiers of heritage, it is necessary to quantify heritage value in order to devise scientific preservation and exploitation strategies.
The delegates noted that the whole political system, not only culture agencies, must join this work.
Community-based heritage preservation and development are a global trend and a solution for sustainably optimising heritage value since culture is an asset of a community, according to the participants.
They noted that when heritage values benefit the community, local residents will proactively uphold heritage.
Vietnam has been expanding community-based tourism which is a right development orientation, experts said, asking for more high-value products and long-term strategies in this type of tourism.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai said Vietnam is home to 40,000 tangible heritage and 60,000 intangible heritage, and the problem is how to manage and optimise them in an effective manner while developing new values for those heritage in order to enrich the heritage treasure.
Deputy Minister Ai said that culture and heritage will become a priceless and endless resource if they are preserved and used scientifically.
Translated by Thu Minh
Source: Linh Anh-Kinhtedothi.vn