10.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO and Italy launch the next Phase of the Project, “SIQ STABILITY- Managing Disaster Risks in the Siq of Petra

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Petra, 6 May 2017 – Under the patronage of H.E. Ms. Lina Mazhar Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, UNESCO launches the next phase of the project, “SIQ STABILITY-Managing Disaster Risks in the Siq of Petra” in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the Petra Archaeological Park.

Since 2012, UNESCO Amman has engaged with national authorities in the Italian-funded "Siq Stability" project and will continue to build on past successes with the implementation of the “SIQ STABILITY- Managing Disaster Risks in the Siq of Petra” in 2017-2018. The project reflects UNESCO’s long-standing engagement with national authorities for the preservation of the 'Siq' of Petra, using an integrated approach to sustainably manage environmental risks and contribute to ensuring the safety of locals, tourists and monuments.

 

At the launch, the results achieved during the previous phase of the project were presented with a video displaying awareness activities that were initiated in an effort to engage local stakeholders in the preservation of the site and prevention of natural hazards. The next phase of the project will implement priority mitigation measures against landslide risk in the 'Siq', develop a disaster risk reduction plan for the site and an emergency plan for the 'Siq', while enhancing the capacities of national staff and providing awareness trainings on natural geo-hazards.

 

The ceremony featured addresses from high-level guests including H.E. Mr. Giovanni Brauzzi, the Ambassador of Italy in Jordan, Ms. Laura Frigenti, General Director of the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, Dr. Monther Jamhawi, Director General of the Department of Antiquities and representing Her Excellency, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, also delivered remarks. Attendance was enjoyed from senior officials from the Department of Antiquities and the Petra Archaeological Park, as well as members of the international and local community.

 

In the words of Ms. Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, the project "has placed a strong emphasis on investing in national capacity and in the transfer of know-how since its outset." Dr. Monther Jamhawi, Director General of the Department of Antiquities reflected that, thanks to this participatory approach, "the partnership between the Department of Antiquities, the Petra Archaeological Park and UNESCO has become a pioneering example of successful collaboration."

 

To conclude the event, the photo exhibition entitled "SIQ STABILITY: Protecting the Siq of Petra from natural hazards" was inaugurated. The vibrant images showcase the activities undertaken by UNESCO in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities and the Petra Archaeological Park in the 'Siq' of Petra during the past 7 years.




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