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Preserving Indonesia's Cultural Artifacts

Bali Meeting Calls for Provincial Regulations to Preserve Historical Buildings.

(7/12/2010) Meeting in Bali,The Agency for the Preservation of Indonesia's Cultural Artifacts (BPPI) has recommended that all the regencies and cities of Indonesia take steps to protect their historical buildings through the establishment of suitable provincial regulations (perda).

BPPI's recommendations come amidst the continuing destruction of heritage buildings and sites in order to accommodate economic interests. As a result, historical values suffer and valuable records relating the human history of Indonesia are lost.

The head of BPPI, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, told beritabali.com, that provincial governments are increasingly allowing the destruction of historical building in pursuit of higher tax bases. This is unfortunate, he said, given the fact that if the same buildings were renovated and maintained they would become tourism assets. "Don't just look at the local tax base, but also consider the responsibility to preserve our culture for our grandchildren," Hashim stressed.

According to BPPI, of the 478 regencies in Indonesia, only 30 have demonstrated a concern for preserving historical buildings, such as Denpasar (Bali), Bukittinggi and Surakarta (Solo).

Bali hosted the BPPI meeting attended by 35 mayors from across Indonesia and a network of representatives of historical cities from across the nation.