Maya Initiative (1999-2009)

Management Plan for Joya de Cerén, El Salvador
The management plan for Joya de Cerén is the result of a collaboration between the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (El Salvador) and the Getty Conservation Institute, as well as the involvement of other institutions and individuals connected to the site and its surroundings.

The plan provides a frame of reference for all actions required to achieve the established long-term vision: the conservation and promotion of the site and its significance as part of human development in the region. Four specific work areas have been defined: research, conservation, landscape, and human development. Given how each project is structured—as well as the physical location of the actions—roles for the private and public sectors will vary. Therefore, mechanisms to facilitate concerted actions by involved stakeholders have also been outlined in the plan. These will, in turn, foster a larger commitment to the conservation of this World Heritage Site.

The management plan for Joya de Cerén is the first in El Salvador for a cultural site and can serve as a model for other projects to be undertaken in the country. It can also serve as an example for other sites in the region, including those inscribed in the World Heritage List. The planning process can be easily adapted to other contexts, thereby contributing to the field of heritage conservation and management at archaeological sites, historic centers preservation, and regional planning.

Please note: The following document, in Spanish only, is available for download in the seven individual sections listed below.

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Presentación y Introducción (PDF, 14pp., 708K)—background to the project, purposes of the management plan, and the management planning process

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Marco de Referencia (PDF, 67pp., 5.6 MB)—provides general information on the site:
I. Description of the place
II. Cultural evolution and development
III. Interpretation of the archaeological site

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Declaración de Significado Cultural (PDF, 8pp., 956K)—describes the different values ascribed to Joya de Cerén

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Estado Actual (PDF, 46pp., 3.6MB)—synthesizes the assessment of the following issues:
I. Physical conditions of structures and archaeological complexes
II. Conditions at the archaeological park
III. Conditions of the natural environment and social context
IV. Legal and administrative conditions

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Plan de Manejo (PDF, 60pp., 4.3MB)—contains the following:
I. Vision for the site
II. Conservation and management policies for the site
III. Description of the management plan programs
IV. Programs and projects for the management plan
V. Conservation of values and specific guidelines for the programs
VI. Articulation and justification of the programs and projects
VII. Location of the projects
VIII. Timeline for implementation of projects at the site
IX. Financial timeline for the projects at the site
X. Financial timelines for the projects in the surrounding area
XI. Structure for investment
XII. General strategies for implementation
XIII. Synthesis of the projects of the plan

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Administración del Plan (PDF, 30pp., 1.4MB)—contains the following:
I. Legal basis for the design and implementation of the plan
II. Proposed structures for personnel
III. Roles
IV. Mechanisms for evaluation and monitoring of the plan

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Bibliografía, Cartografía, Créditos Fotográficos,
Glosario de Términos y Lista de Participantes
(PDF, 46pp., 2.6MB)