UNESCO-Iraq Office and the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR) meet to discuss the project for revitalizing Erbil Citadel
Meetings took place on 11, 13 and 19 October 2009 in Amman between the UNESCO-Iraq Office and HCECR in order to discuss the progress of “Erbil Citadel Revitalization Project”.
During the meetings, modalities for completing the project and achieving the best results for the future of the Erbil were discussed and subsequently agreed upon by UNESCO and the High Commission for Erbil Citadel (HCECR). Mohamed Djelid, the Director of the UNESCO-Iraq Office thanked the delegation, led by Ms. Shereen Sherzad the Head of HCECR, for their ongoing collaboration and trust of UNESCO and its work; he stressed that the common goal of UNESCO and HCECR is to arrive at a successful conclusion of the project.
Both parties agreed that the protection of the historical core of the Erbil city which constitutes the buffer zone of the Erbil Citadel should be regulated in order not to have negative impact on the city’s significant cultural heritage remains, including its heritage districts and buildings.
The project, which is funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government, has the main three objectives of reinforcing local capacities in the field of conservation and restoration techniques, undertaking urgent remedial works to prevent further damages, and preparing a Conservation Master Plan.
A number of training courses have already been implemented, while the completion of studies that fulfill the project’s main objectives are underway. Several activities leading up to the Conservation Master Plan have already been finalized, including: data collection, survey of the physical situation of the Citadel, and an in-depth survey and studies covering the structural condition of the Citadel. The conservation master plan is a crucial activity and is considered as the basis for the future conservation and rehabilitation of the Erbil Citadel.
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