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HIST’s Hengyang Base Established
 Date: 2016-11-17  Page Views:

On November 14, 2016, the inaugural meeting of Hengyang Base (HYB) of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO was held at Hengyang Normal University (HYNU). The meeting was co-hosted by HIST and HYNU, and co-organized by the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) and School of City and Tourism of HYNU.

Attending the meeting were GUO Huadong, an Academician of CAS and Director of HIST, Prof. ZHANG Dafang, Vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and relevant leaders from the Culture Department, the Education Department and the Science & Technology Department of Hunan Province. Also present at the meeting were more than 100 experts and scholars from 20-odd units including the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) under CAS, Central China Normal University (CCNU), South China Normal University (SCNU), Zhengzhou Base (ZB) and Haerbin Base (HB) of HIST.

The meeting was presided over by Prof. LIU Peilin, Party Secretary of HYNU. After PI Xiuping, President of HYNU, gave the welcoming remarks, HONG Tianhua, Executive Deputy Director and Secretary General of HIST, read the approval for the establishment of HYB, and the letter stating the appointment of LIU Peilin as Director of HYB. At the meeting, GUO Huadong and PI Xiuping signed an agreement between HIST and HYNU on the joint development of HYB. ZHANG Dafang and GUO Huadong unveiled the nameplate of HYB amid warm applause from all present.

ZHANG Dafang, GUO Huadong and GE Jianzhong addressed the meeting in succession. Speaking on opportunities for collaboration with HIST, GUO Huadong expressed his hope that HYB would make full use of the international platform to give full play to its own advantages, utilize space technologies to strengthen the research and protection of natural and cultural heritage, and make active contributions to the Digital Belt and Road Initiative under the “One Belt and One Road” policy.

ZHANG Dafang pointed out that HYB is endowed with a unique geological location and Hunan’s cultural and natural heritage. He also set out high requirements for the future development of HYB, hoping that the base will make contributions to the protection and sustainable development of both the natural and cultural heritage situated in the six provinces of south-central China and the Southeast Asian area. GE Jianzhong emphasized that, under the guidance and support of HIST, we should take the opportunity presented by the establishment of HYB to develop a sci-tech platform, an innovative team, and to approve major projects.

HONG Tianhua read the names of members of HYB’s Council and Scientific Committee. The first Council meeting and first Scientific Committee meeting were held successively during the event. The Council deliberated and approved its rules and working instructions, and the Scientific Committee reviewed and adopted its six-year development plan and first annual plan.

On the afternoon of the 14th, ZHU Hong, Professor of SCNU, Research Fellow WANG Cheng, Chief of the Fourth Research Department of HIST, LU Peng, Deputy Research Fellow of the Institute of Geographical Sciences of Henan Academy of Sciences (IGSHAS) and TAN Jian, Deputy Research Fellow of RADI under CAS, each gave speeches respectively under the titles “Rethinking the Protection and Utilization of Cultural Heritage”, “Remote Sensing for Environment of the Angkor Site”, “Study on and Practice for Digital Environmental Archeology in Central China”, and “Analyses on Remote Sensing Applications for Ancient Villages and Towns”. These reports focused on the protection and sustainable development of cultural heritage, drawing applause from attendees.

HIST, established in Beijing in June, 2011, was developed based on RADI under CAS, and designed to provide space technology services for UNESCO and its members to monitor and protect world heritage sites, world biosphere reserves, and world geoparks. Following the establishment of ZB and HB, HYB is the third base of HIST.

GUO Huadong and PI Xiuping sign an agreement on the joint development of HYB.

Group photo at the inaugural meeting.


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