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The project “Preservation and Conservation of Tiwanaku and the Akapana Pyramid” in La Paz, Bolivia, fulfills its first mission
24 August 2015/ UNESCO Office in Quito

The UNESCO Quito Office and Cluster Office to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, working together with the Bolivian Ministry of Cultures and Tourism, the Centre for Archaeological, Anthropological Research and Management of Tiwanaku (CIAAAT), and the international experts invited, fulfilled the first mission of the project “Preservation and Conservation of Tiwanaku and the Akapana Pyramid”, with the participation of national and local counterparts and the 23 Tiwanaku communities and three population centres.

The UNESCO working group aimed at identifying the frame of reference for reaching implementation agreements between Bolivia’s Ministry of Cultures, CIAAAT and UNESCO Quito, in order to establish and share systematized information and common operational criteria concerning the aims of the project, activities, distribution of competencies in the framework of the project, the scope of responsibilities, the monitoring of the timetable, in a collaborative working environment that will promote technical and operational information flow, making it possible to concert an implementation strategy, deal with critical aspects, determine the course of action, as well as the variations that will inevitably be adopted, in a shared and concerted manner.

The working group was constituted by Ms Alcira Sandoval Ruiz, specialist and head of the Culture Sector, Ms Indira Salazar, Project Coordinator of the Culture Sector, Mr Jordi Tresserras, Consultant in the “Plan for sustainable tourism and the generation of self-employment for indigenous communities”, Mr José Ignacio Gallegos, Consultant in the “Education and Integrated Management of Museums Programme” and Ms Ernestina Cortez, Consultant in the “Risk Management and Disaster Preparedness Plan”.

During the mission, several observations and tests were made in situ on the state of the lithic pieces, of the Lithic and Ceramics Museums, as well as of the deposits of the archaeological pieces, the conditions of the infrastructure and the archaeological site, and of the tourist infrastructure, with a view to elaborating at a later date the diagnoses required for the different areas of the project.

Lastly, the socialization of the project was carried out among the 23 communities and the three population centres of Tiwanaku. The communities were trained in the 1972 convention and in the content of the project, and in addition expressed their concerns and contributions regarding this theme.

The mission counted with the support of the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism, through the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Mr Ernesto Rossel, and the Deputy Ministry of Interculturality, Mr Ignacio Soqueré Tomichá. The presence of Mr Markio Machicao Bankovic, Minister of Cultures and Tourism of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, who joined the mission in the site of Tiwanaku, was of particular importance.

Moreover, the different work meetings were attended by technical teams of the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism and CIAAT, whose different functional areas linked to the implementation of the project were represented by Mr Marcos Michel, Director of Heritage; Ms Sigrid Álvarez, Head of the Foreign Relations Unit; Mr. José Luis Paz, Head of the Archaeology and Museums Unit, all from the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism. Also representing CIAAAT at the meeting were Mr Julio Condori, Executive Director; Ms Irene Delaveris, Head of Conservation; Mr Fidel Quispe, Head of Tourism and Mr Mario Pachaguaya, Head of Archaeology.

The project was made known to the general public through a press conference on 11 August at the site of the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism, with the presence of Bolivia’s press agencies, as well as radio and television networks.


Tiwanaku: Spiritual centre of Tiwanaku culture, inscribed on the World Heritage List in the year 2000, is one of Bolivia’s most important and emblematic archaeological sites, which attests to the political and cultural significance of this civilization.

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