On January 26th, 2019, Dujiangyan officially became the second member city of Organisation of the World Heritage Cities (OWHC) in China. To celebrate this event, the Municipality of Dujiangyan invited Dr Simone Ricca from UNESCO WHITRAP and Dr Huang Yong from OWHC-AP to the Awarding Ceremony. Mr. Yuan Ming, Deputy Mayor of Dujiangyan attended this event.
The city of Dujiangyan (Sichuan Province, 800.000 inhabitants) hosts the Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System cultural World Heritage Site (2000), and the serial natural World Heritage Site of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (2006). Through its global network, OWHC will contribute to the conservation and utilisation of Dujiangyan’s World Heritage sites, supporting the city’s efforts to fulfil UNESCO’s Culture Conventions requirements, and to meet the universal goals set by the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The scientific achievement of Dujiangyan irrigation system, and the Taoism tradition embedded in Mount Qingcheng, as well as the Panda sanctuary, on the other hand, will enrich with new heritage categories the network of the OWHC.