It was written by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH), and is in regards to the ongoing demolition of Kashgar’s Old Town. Some of the main points that are suggested instead of a whole-sale demolition of the area are:
- Consideration of tried and proven methods of seismic retrofitting for mudbrick structures to allow a reappraisal of current plans and preserve as much as possible of the Old City intact;
- Review of current plans for inhabitant relocation and redevelopment of the area in light of seismic retrofitting and continued sustainable use of the historic city;
- Development of a Conservation Management Plan. This would delimit the site and design appropriate mechanisms for the protection and conservation of the buildings. Such a plan would include the documentation of the extant structures, including recording and analysis of building types, use, and circulation patterns within the Old City. Such a plan would integrate the preservation of the historic fabric, related intangible heritage, and encourage continued safe and economically viable habitation of the historic urban settlement.
ICOMOS is the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and is a Paris based association of professionals that “works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places.” It is a non-government organization, and is “dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.”