International Competition on Cultural Landscape in Bhutan 2014.
–its interpretation and ways to enhance the safeguarding of cultural landscape
A Cultural Landscape is the result of harmonious interaction between humankind and its natural environment. Such landscapes are thus illustrative of the evolution of human society and settlement over time. Some elements that constitute cultural landscape are traditional buildings, rice terraces, pasture lands, community forests, scared places and mountain passes. Cultural Landscape reflects specific culture, indigenous knowledge and techniques of sustainable land-use and spiritual association of human with the nature.
Bhutan as a whole reflects a unique cultural landscape bearing witness to a distinctive history, culture, wisdom and custom of the people of Bhutan. Sustaining this cultural landscape would strengthen national cohesion, identity and unity of the people of Bhutan benefitting both the present and future generations. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every citizen of Bhutan to safeguard individual heritage sites and the cultural landscape in general.
-Published by Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites