A total of 21 country members of the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO in the 36th Session in the Tavritcheski Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 29, 2012 unanimously decided subak as an Implementation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, including the Pakerisan Watershed with a variety of ancient sites had been stipulated as a World Cultural Heritage (WCH).
In the 36th annual session chaired in person by the Minister of Education and Culture of Russia, the site of Indonesia belonged to the cultural groups represented by Bali Province with the theme of Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: The Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy. Pakerisan watershed was an integrated system in the assessment of the Indonesian cultural heritage sites with such a theme.
Spokesperson of Gianyar Regional Secretariat, AA Oka, explained that related to the inauguration, the Regent of Gianyar appeared in person at the hearing in order to give additional explanation deemed necessary together with the team of Indonesian delegates led by Deputy Minister of Education, Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, including the Regent of Badung Anak Agung Gde Agung.
Meanwhile, the Regent Cokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said that establishment of Pakerisan watershed as cultural heritage had a very strategic value. It indicated that recognition of UNESCO was a representation of the countries in the world toward the values of local wisdom of Bali, namely the Tri Hita Karana, where one of them was realized through the subak system. By all means, the world recognition would increasingly arouse the concern of all parties to fully preserve and implement the values of the sublime heritages. (BTN/kmb)