16.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Ramallah

International Local Development through the Rehabilitation and Revitalization of the Historic Built Environment in Palestine

© UNESCOUNESCO and Sida Signing Ceremony

Funded by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the project represents a concrete step towards mainstreaming the work on cultural heritage preservation in Palestine to meet the national priorities and needs building on the Palestinian National Development Plan (2011-2013) and the Sector strategy for Cultural Heritage. The project is aiming at Improving the quality of lives of marginalized communities through the rehabilitation and revitalization of historic environment.

Funded by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the project represents a concrete step towards mainstreaming the work on cultural heritage preservation in Palestine to meet the national priorities and needs building on the Palestinian National Development Plan (2011-2013) and the Sector strategy for Cultural Heritage. UNESCO will work jointly with four major players in the field of Cultural Heritage Preservation: Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation (CCHP), the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) and the Welfare Association(WA),utilising cultural heritage preservation as a venue for socioeconomic development in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The project mainly targets renovation of historic buildings and areas in historic centres for public use while building local capacities in cultural heritage preservation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip  contributing to: enhancing conservation skills and knowledge with emphasis on young architects and workers, promoting cultural tourism, raising public awareness on the values of cultural heritage and introducing the socioeconomic aspect of cultural heritage preservation by creating job opportunities and  providing facilities for public use.

This project will be also complemented by the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA) in cooperation with civil society to finalise the Charter on the conservation of sites of cultural significance in Palestine, which will serve as a main reference for the work on the current project standardizing local preservation techniques.

Objectives and Outputs:

Throughout the proposed intervention the project’s overall objective is:

Improving the quality of lives of marginalized communities through the rehabilitation and revitalization of historic environment.

The overall objective will be attained through the following outputs:

1. Preserving the Palestinian cultural heritage and reusing it as an instrument for local economic, social and tourism development.

2. Alleviating poverty in the oPt through generating permanent and temporary employment, creating 87,000 working days in the targeted locations.

3. Building technical capacities and raising awareness in the field of cultural heritage preservation for local councils, municipalities, architects, contractors, and 4CHOs staff.

4. Strengthening the service provision for local marginalized communities through enhancing the quality structure of educational, health, and social services.

5. Revitalizing the old cores of historic Palestinian sites in Nablus, Bethlehem Hebron, Gaza and rural localities.




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