Preserving the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: A Training Workshop in Vernacular Architecture

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites

Program Year: 2007

Awarding Agency: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program)

Partner: ICOMOS National Committee-Philippines           

Amount: US$36,250

Status: Completed

Project Summary: The Project brought together selected members of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), members of ICOMOS Philippines, local government officials, local tourism operators, and managers of historic sites in the Philippines in a workshop on the conservation of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (also known as the Banaue Rice Terraces) that presented case studies and activities promoting local preservation consciousness.  The workshop led to the development of a manual to support the conservation of the Rice Terraces by increasing public awareness of their extraordinary importance as a cultural site and by detailing practical, affordable conservation measures to be implemented by local government officials and other stakeholders. 

Citation: The Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. It is also listed as National Cultural Treasure in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties, and has been identified by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as an Endangered Site.