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Making sense of heritage mining landscape conservation in Malaysia: potential and challenges

Ahmad, Suriati and Jones, David 2015, Making sense of heritage mining landscape conservation in Malaysia: potential and challenges, in ISDRS 2015 : Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity. Proceedings of 21st International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference, International Sustainable Development Research Society, [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-9.

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Title Making sense of heritage mining landscape conservation in Malaysia: potential and challenges
Author(s) Ahmad, Suriati
Jones, David
Conference name International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference Tipping Point (21st : 2015 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 10-12 Jul. 2015
Title of proceedings ISDRS 2015 : Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity. Proceedings of 21st International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher International Sustainable Development Research Society
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Keyword(s) culture landscape
vernacular landscape
sustainability
tin mining landscape
Kinta Valley
Malaysia
Summary Landscape is interpreted as the creation of a cultural expression through human ideology and representing a living heritage. Since landscapes are continually evolving, it arouses challenges for sustainability in preserving significant cultural landscape which rested in evolving and transitional world. Kinta Valley former mining landscape can be described as ‘relic landscape’ and this landscape type is one of the sub category under organically evolved cultural landscape (or vernacular landscape) as incorporated in UNESCO Operational Guidelines [18:8]. The main contribution of this paper lies within the gap of knowledge and practise of cultural landscape conservation in Malaysia emphasizing on the cultural values embedded within the heritage mining landscape of Kinta Valley of Perak State, Malaysia. Concerning to the significance heritage values that lies within the Kinta Valley former mining landscape through the lens of cultural landscape theory and practice, this paper highlights on the potential and challenges faced by the Perak state government in establishing mining cultural landscape conservation which can be incorporated within the state and districts planning gazetted documents. Palang & Fry [15] remark that the interface between culture and landscape is very important to understand as it will lead to interpretations of future and current issues of past landscape developments and interventions. United Nations [17] emphasize that sustainable cultural landscape composing of ‘socially, economically and environmentally durable’ and therefore preserving the heritage mining landscape will unravel and unveil the valley sustainability. In addition, qualifying the cultural landscape significance crafted by past tin mining activities in Kinta Valley has resulted in the establishment of heritage values of state and national significance. Therefore potential and challenges of preserving this heritage landscape will be disclose and thereupon embellish the Malaysian culture heritage in general especially in enduring Perak State culture heritage and sustainability.
ISBN 9780730000211
Language eng
Field of Research 120107 Landscape Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, ISDRS
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