The Western China Cultural Ecology
Research Workshop("The Workshop")

            1. As globalization and technological advances change our lives, the task of                 protecting biodiversity and cultural pluralism, preserving individual national                 and ethnic identities, presents itself as a new challenge in the international                 community.

            2. Western China is the cradle of the Chinese civilization. It is also the region                 where most non-Han ethnic groups live. Natural and cultural resources are                 especially rich in this region, where each ethnic group is unique and full of                 character.

            3. As China opens its Western regions, with increasing accessibility,                 communication and interaction both economically and culturally, the                 traditions and environment of ethnic groups are facing critical situations. It                 is now imperative that the cultural ecology of the region be preserved,                 protected, and developed.

            1. To protect the cultural ecological environment of western regions of China,                 and to assist local governments in developing economic projects to                 improve the quality of living in these areas and as much as possible in                 preserving the life styles of the ethnic groups and natural environment.

            2. The Preservation and Developing Project will begin its operations in                 Guizhou, and extend its work into Yunnan, Guangxi, Sichuan provinces in                 southwest China. The project will further extend to cover the entire                 southwestern region, covering ten provinces and regions.


            1. To preserve cultural diversities and maintain natural and cultural ecological                 environments in western China, especially the preservation and protection                 of their life style, folk culture and folk art; and to respect local communities                 and their rights to economic advancement.

            2. To fully utilize the participation of local government, cultural and tourism                 ministries In enacting these plans,and to identify government and other                 official research groups, regional experts and their help. At the same time, to                 invite national experts and international professionals as consultants.

            1. To record ----in both audio and video forms---the music, language and oral                 histories and social practices of the various ethnic groups.

            2. To save and collect folk arts that are representative of the region and its                 ethnic groups, and to protect Western China's cultural ecological                 resources.

            3. To publish a series (multi-media) of cultural ecological products, to promote                 the cultures and folk arts of the western region.

            4. To advocate the introduction and active realization of eco-tourism or                 cultural tourism plans without endangering natural and cultural ecological                 environments.

            5. To work out feasible and sustainable economic development plans for the                 regions with special emphasis on the production and marketing of high                 value-added agricultural and cultural products so as to bring about                 economic betterment for the communities.