20.06.2012 - Culture Sector

Supporting local development in the occupied Palestinian territory through the preservation of cultural heritage

Funded by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the project aims to improve the livelihoods of marginalized communities through the rehabilitation and revitalization of the Palestinian cultural heritage and natural environment.

Over a period of 36 months, historic buildings and urban and rural areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be rehabilitated for public use. In addition to enhancing the infrastructure of educational and social service facilities, creating job opportunities and promoting cultural tourism, this initiative will serve to strenghten capacities of local stakeholders in heritage preservation, enhance the conservation skills and know-how of young Palestinian architects and workers, and, more broadly, raise public awareness on the value of their heritage.

To ensure the successful implementation of this new project, UNESCO’s Office in Ramallah will work with four major local players in the conservation field: the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation (CCHP), the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) and the Welfare Association (WA).

 By using cultural heritage preservation to promote socio-economic development in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, this initiative represents a concrete step towards mainstreaming cultural heritage preservation in the occupied Palestinian territory to meet the national priorities set out in the Palestinian National Development Plan (2011-2013).

 This project will be also complemented by the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA) in cooperation with civil society to finalize the ‘Charter on the Conservation of Sites of Cultural Significance in Palestine’, which serve as the principal reference document for standardizing local conservation techniques.


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