20.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Agreement signed for the Petra Siq Stability Project

©UNESCO AmmanThe Head of UNESCO Amman, H.E. The Minister of Tourism, H.E. The Italian Ambassador at the signing ceremony

The Jordan Ministry of Tourism and UNESCO Amman sign the agreement for a new project sponsored by the Italian Government.

The UNESCO Office in Amman and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities signed a Plan of Operation agreement on 20 March 2012 at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The Plan of Operation is an agreement of cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and UNESCO for the implementation of the project “SIQ STABILITY - Sustainable Monitoring Techniques for Assessing Instability of Slopes in the Siq of Petra, Jordan”, financed by the Italian Government for the total amount of one million US Dollars.

The document was signed by H.E. Nayef Hmeidi Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and by Dr. Anna Paolini, Head of UNESCO Office in Amman, in the presence of the Italian Ambassador and representatives of concerned Jordanian institutions.

Petra faces a wide diversity of risk, particularly from natural and geological hazards such as earthquakes, floods and landslides. The 1.2 km long Siq, serving as the only tourist entrance to the site, is especially fragile and needs to be addressed and monitored, in order to mitigate the risk of land slide and rock fall.

The Siq Stability project will document, monitor and identify unstable areas and slope sectors at risk in the Siq, and will carry out long-term monitoring of the slope and consolidate selected areas.

To this end, the project will establish a monitoring system aimed at detecting movements in the area, and develop guidelines to implement sustainable mitigation strategies in the area; the project will also develop a GIS common platform for storing, analysis and management of data, as well as a 3D computerized model of the Siq and other selected structures, and an extensive and interactive virtual tour based on panorama photographs.

The project will be implemented through the UNESCO Office in Amman, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities, ISPRA (The Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), geologist experts, the Zamani Research Group (University of Cape Town), as well as Jordanian experts in the field of heritage documentation.

For further information please contact Azadeh Vafadari, a.vafadari(at)unesco.org

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