Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage

© UNESCO / Professor Maamoun Abdul Karim, The Al-Omari Mosque

Operation response to halt the on-going loss of cultural heritage and prepare post-conflict priority actions.

 

Budget (US$): 2,46 million
Source:  EU, UNESCO
Dates: March 2014-March 2017/Ongoing
Beneficiaries: Syrian community empowered to restore social cohesion, stability and sustainable development through the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage.

 

This three-year project started in March 2014, with the overall objective of restoring social cohesion, stability and sustainable development through the protection and safeguarding of the Syrian cultural heritage. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented through the UNESCO Beirut Office. Its main activities include monitoring, damage and needs assessment, awareness-raising in the national and regional media and in refugee camps, technical assistance and capacity-building in emergency safeguarding, documentation and inventories, for tangible and intangible cultural heritage. 

In the framework of this project, UNESCO is establishing an International Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage to monitor the situation on the ground, coordinate national and international initiatives, and mobilize scientific and professional networks to respond to threats and plan recovery measures. For this purpose, UNESCO actively monitors information from all sources available and facilitates access through its website.

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