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Asia-Europe Network of Urban Heritage for Sustainable Creative Economies

The need to establish a network focusing on the ‘revitalization of heritage urban areas to generate creative economy’ was expressed at the 5th Culture Minister’s Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting/ ASEM in September 2012 at Yogyakarta,Indonesia. This call was also echoed at the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum on Investing in Heritage Cities: Stimulus for Sustainable Tourism and Livelihoods held on 24-25 June 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar and the idea of establishing the Asia-Europe Network of Urban Heritage for Sustainable Creative Economies was conceived here.

The core idea of the experts’ meeting was that a heritage-led development of cities in Asia and Europe can ensure an attractive environment for people, tourists and business, if based on the specific needs and requirements of local communities.