8, 2023, an official meeting was held in the headquarters of the International
Institute of Central Asian Studies (IICAS), which was attended by members of
the Academic Council of IICAS and a delegation from the Republic of
Bashkortostan (RB). The delegation comprised Dr. Alexey Kylasov, Doctor of
Cultural Studies, Professor of the Russian University of Economics named after
Plekhanov, member of the Scientific Council for the Study and Protection of
Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),
President of the World Society of Ethnic Sports, UNESCO expert on intangible
cultural heritage, Dr. Salavat Kulbakhtin, Head of the Department for State
Protection of Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Ms.
Elina Gataullina, Executive Director of the Committee of the Republic of
Bashkortostan for UNESCO, and Mr. Gennady Koshelev, the resident of the
aspiring Geopark of Toratau.
was opened with a rich and extremely informative presentation made by Ms.
Gataullina. Shikhans, intangible heritage, as well as the 2035 strategy for the
preservation and development of the industrial heritage of the Republic of
Bashkortostan, aroused particular interest among the participants of the
meeting. At the end of the report, members of the Academic Council made their
valuable comments and suggestions.
As a result
of the meeting, an Agreement on cooperation in the field of cultural heritage
preservation was signed between IICAS, the Department for State Protection of
Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and the Committee of the
Republic of Bashkortostan for UNESCO, which became the first step in exchanging
experience, knowledge and resources, ensuring access to cultural assets and
their long-term preservation for future generations. The parties agreed that
research cooperation will contribute to strengthening the sense of community
and identity, developing the local economy and attracting tourists.