Center for the heritage management
The Lake Project and associated partners are jointly working in order to define the administrative, legal, technical and financial management model to be used in the regional Center for the heritage management that will be set up in the Municipality of Tiquina. This center shall meet all protection and autonomous management needs of the 13 priority Municipalities and shall support the promotion of local tourism through its interpretation hall.
The creation of a regional Center for the heritage management will become one of the first concrete results of all performed Lake-related operations since 2012. Indeed, just as much as the phase of performed operations in the Titicaca Lake waters –between 2012 and 2018- had the objectives of locating, identifying and studying the immerged heritage (ULB), so will the second phase now have the objective of managing, valorizing and protecting this discovered heritage by propitiating knowledge sharing and also the enjoyment of being able to access the heritage (BTC-Enabel/ULB). Both the creation of the regional center for the heritage management and of the school of underwater archaeology are inseparable, any “conservation and protection” program starting with the training of local stakeholders (knowledge sharing, awareness-raising, cultural and social re-appropriation by the communities) and with the creation of management tools.
Specifically, the regional Center for the heritage management will be in charge of advising (protocols of intervention and of preventive conservation), controlling the heritage (enforcement of a national and international legal framework), but also of coordinating and developing touristic (responsible tourism) and scientific activities in the 13 Municipalities of the Titicaca Lake basin. It shall also ensure that this fragile heritage be conserved in its integrity, considering the permanent threats from natural occurrences (erosion, exposure following flooding, pollution, etc. ) and the anthropogenic threats (looting, construction, commercial exploitation, etc.). In the medium term, the regional Center for the heritage management shall be housed in the same building as the future “Underwater Museum”.