Since its establishment in 2007,the China Cultural HeritageFoundation’s mission has been to identify,research，conserve and promoteChina’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Based upon its principle＂from the people，by the people，for the people＂，the Foundation has been making great strides towards raising public awareness and funding to support China’s cultural heritage
Reflecting its dedication to this mission and principle，the China Cultural Heritage Foundation has generously donated US$360，000 to the UNESCO project entitled＂Paper Conservation：Methodology of Paper Conservation and Paper Making Traditions in East Asia 2008—2012＂.
As the only UN agency specifically mandated to promote creativity and safeguard the world’s diverse cultural heritage, UNESCO plays a unique role in demonstrating that development has a human face，which is specific to each region and community of the world. In a time of unprecedented economic and social Change，UNESCO strives to ensure that the diverse histories and cultures ofthe people of the world are not only preserved，but also drawn upon as a source of
innovation and development
Within this framework，UNESC0’s objectives for the implementation of the culture programme are twofold：protecting，safeguarding and managing tangible and intangible heritage；and promotingthe diversity of cultural expressions and the dialogue of cultures，with a view to fostering a culture of peace.
Accordingly，this paper conservation project provides an excellent opportunity to support the preservation of an important part of our heritage，while also strengthening regional and intermational cooperation，networking and dialogue.
Paper making and paper conservation techniques represent an important part of East Asia’s common cultural heritage. Since as early as the second centu ry AD，paper was a popular medium across EastAsia for recording and transmitting knowledge and ideas，and paper making techniques invented in East Asia eventually spread to the rest of the world .However,with the passage of time and rapid development of modern technology,knowledge of traditional papermaking and paper conservation techniques in East Asia has declined substantially．
To address this issue，the China Cultural Heritage Foundation is supporting a UNESCO project That is dedicated to the preservation of traditional paper making and paper conservation techniques in East Asia. The project，entitled＂Paper Conservation：Methodology of Paper Conservation and Paper Making Traditions in East Asia 2008-2012＂,is fostering technical exchange and inter-cultural dialogue drawing together institutions and experts from the countries of East Asia to cooperate and develop solutions to paper conservation. Importantly,this innovative project is not only concentrating on revitalising the intangible skills and knowledge associated with paper making and paper conservation in East Asia，but also the effective preservation oftangible paper artefacts，such as books and manuscripts .
The project has four key objectives：
1 .Preserve traditional paper making and paper conservatio techniques in East Asia
2 .Explore and suggest solutions to problems encountered in paper conservation across East Asia
3 .Establish a scientific system that will maximize capacity to ceriserve,and restore paper making and paper conservation techniques
4 .Develop training materials and a ser of Paper Conservation Guidelines
The project has been enabled through a generous donation from the China Cultural Heritage Foundation. The donation specifically funds authorities．institutions and experts from China，the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia to engage in the various research andconservation activities associated with the project. UNESCO is responsible for project coordination. Relevant institutions and the private sector from Japanand the Republic of Korea are providing technical expertise. They are also using their own，separate funding framework to participate in project activities
The project was officially launched on 26 September 2008 and is being implemented over five years until 2012
Standing behind cheque from from right to left:Madame Geng Ying(President of the China Cultural Heritage Foundation)handed over the cheque symbolising the first year’s donation to Mr.Laurent Levis-Strauss(Chief of Section of Museums And Cultural Objects of UNESCO Headquarters)and Mr.Abhimanyu Singh(Director and representative ofUNESCO Office Beijing)
China has played an important role in the development of paper making，with some records suggesting that it began to make paper as early as the second century AD. Some of the paper making techniques developed in Chinagradually spread to the Korean Peninsular and Japan.
Today, a number of technical institutions，libraries，archives and museums are entrusted with paper conservation Despite these efforts，preserving Chinese paper artefacts，as well as traditional paper making and paper conservation techniques，remains a significant challenge A shortage of technical expertise，suitable facilities and necessary government supporc are just some of the obstacles preventing the effective protection of paper heritage in China. Recently,the Chineseauthorities and academic institutions lnitiated major efforts to overcome these obstacles and safeguard China’s paper heritage .To this end，China’s participation in this UNESCO project represents a considerable step forward.
In accordance with the overell framework of the project，the activities in China are categorised into four main areas：Research，Training／Capacity Building，Meetings／Technical Exchanges and Publications／Awareness Raising Research is being conducted on a number of specific topics These topics include the paper making techniques of ethnic minorities in China Training programmes will be designed and conducted based upon the findings of this research. During the five—year lifetime of the project，technical meetings will be organised to exchange ideas and findings. The publication of a set of Paper Conservation Guidelines will be a tangible outcome offhe project