Borobudur Temple as a world heritage has an important role for Indonesia in the development of the preservation of cultural reserves. The second restoration of Borobudur in 1973-1983 that began with an international campaign for preservation has helped open up the world’s understanding of joint efforts through World Heritage Convention. Today’s preservation campaign activities are also put forward by engaging young generation through a campaign program to build a youth’s sense of belonging for the World Heritage and Indonesian cultural heritage.
The present development of conservation of cultural resources in Indonesia has the peculiarities that are based on traditional wisdom and the utilization of the wealth of natural materials. In its application of traditional-based conservation and natural materials, it has advantages when compared to previous methods that use manufacturing chemicals. Issues such as reversibility, minimum long-term impact, and assurance of availability make this method superior and suitable to be applied in Indonesia. The development of conservation with regard to traditional wisdom has also become a concern of the world today.
This year 2020 coincides with the 20th year of completion of the Indonesian assistance project known as ITASA (Indonesia Technical Assistance for Safeguarding Angkor) in 1994-1999. The project was very successful in restored three temples (The Royal Palace Gate in Angkor Thom area), as well as the development of local human resources. It is unfortunate that this program was forced to stop due to the monetary crisis in Indonesia until 2000 implemented the inauguration of the closure of the project. The experience of these international projects is very important information for the current generation to improve insight and knowledge.
Based on this background, Borobudur Conservation Agency plan to hold an international webinar, Borobudur International Seminar on Heritage Conservation (BOISCH) on the theme “The Role of Borobudur Conservationists on the International Scene: 20 Years Reflection After Indonesia Restoration Project in Angkor (ITASA 1994-2000)”