2021-02-12 ‘Planning for Heritage tourism infrastructure: World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan’

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February 12, 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 (UTC) on ZOOM
Language: English (with possibility of questions in French & Russian)

Organised with:
Christian Ost (President of RLICC/KU Leuven)
Eric Huybrechts (IAURIF)
Cristina Iamandi (Conservation Architect & Planner).

The economic value of World Heritage Sites has led to many well-meaning development of tourism infrastructure. Site interpretation centers, hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants, as well as improvement of roads, rail, airport infrastructure, water, electricity, telephone/internet, to sewages and waste treatment facilities are part of the touristic infrastructure. Huge financial investments are made to support the growing tourism sector, but often at the detriment of the site’s authenticity and integrity, as well as the well-being of the local inhabitants. This webinar, focuses on the need for integrated planning, both for physical infrastructure as well as for social infrastructure and services by examining the cases of World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan, from the vantage of optimizing both the economic and social value of heritage sites for the attainment of the SDGs.


Keynote Speech by:
Christian Ost, President of RLICC/KU Leuven on “Synchronising the Values of Heritage”

Presentations by:

  • Abdullayev Zafar, Vice-Director, Tourism Development Department of Samarkand on “Tourism Strategy for World Heritage Samarkand driving Local Development”
  • Minja Yang, Overview on World Heritage CommiBee RecommendaDons on Tourism Infrastructure in World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan
  • Cristina Iamandi, ConservaCon Architect & Planner on “Planning for World Heritage CiDes in Uzbekistan: Reconciling ConservaDon, Tourism, and Sustainable Development in Itchan Kala, Bukhara, and Shakhrisyabz
  • Eric Huybrechts, Urban Planner, IAURIF on “Samarkand: Planning for MulDple Values” Debate: (Q & A) (35 minutes)

Debate (Q&A) (35 minutes) and Conclusion


Christian Ost, an economist with extensive experience in business cycle, heritage economics and education institution management; since September 2020 is President of the Raymond Lemaire International al Centre for Conservations of Katholieke Universitet Leuven and Professor Honorary Rector, ICHEC Brussels.

Abdullayev Zafar, born in Samarkand City is Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage after serving as the first Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism Development of Samarkand Region.

Cristina Iamandi is a Registered Architect and Urban Planner, and a Specialist Conservation Architect (a protected title awarded by the Centre de Hautes Etudes de Chaillot, Paris). She worked as a practising architect, and as researcher/ lecturer in historic preservation with several prestigious North American and European institutes and universities, including The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. Starting her own consulting practice in 2000, she works on projects and activities worldwide for international organizations such as UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank, and for different governments and foundations. Her professional interests focus on the management planning for World Heritage cities and the implementation of the Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation.

Eric Huybrechts, is an architect and urban planner, member of ICOMOS (CIVVIH, WG-SDG, CHN), ISOCARP (Board member) and Societe Francaise des Urbanistes (SFU). He is in charge of International affairs at the Institut Paris Region. His international work experience includes historic centres of Cairo, Istanbul, Damascus, Mumbai, Phnom Penh, Samarkand, Shakhrisyabz, Tripoli-Libya, Beirut, and Al Ula. He is in charge of the preparation of the Management Plan of Samarkand and the regeneration of Shakhrisyabz World Heritage Site. He is currently preparing a publication on urbanism and historic centres.