CAMAGÜEY, CUBA.- The plan to manage the area of this city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO a year ago, strengthened its basis during a Forum on Challenges of City Management recently held in Camagüey, coinciding with its 496th anniversary.
During a week-long program of activities to celebrate the date, delegations from nine regions of Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Cuba gathered in this city to discuss topics related to the preservation of tangible and intangible patrimonial values.
Delegates to the meeting, coming mainly from places with areas declared World Heritage Sites, presented ideas that, even with the peculiarities of their places of origin, contributed to the forum’s main purpose: to improve the work in the oldest part of Camagüey’s capital.
The meeting started with a summary of recommendations from the visitors to enrich the abovementioned plan, especially in its current stage from 2007 to 2014, when the city will commemorate its 500th anniversary on February 2.
These suggestions emerged from a previously held workshop on a project approved by the municipal Government.
Based in the protection of the old legacy in harmony with contemporary needs, the Forum included discussions on topics such as new buildings, people‘s participation, pedestrian thoroughfares, weaknesses and risks, cultural actions, socio-economic development and tourist exploitation.
Eusebio Leal, Havana Historian and President of the National Commission of Monuments, gave a lecture making emphasis on the unity between institutions and people to preserve the heritage values.
The week-long program of activities also included a tribute by the People’s Power Municipal Assembly to the new anniversary of Camagüey, one of the oldest population centers established by the Spanish in the Americas.