Saving the cultural heritage of Syria: ICCROM-ATHAR Centre is working with partners on various initiatives to safeguard the cultural heritage of Syria

Saving the cultural heritage of Syria: ICCROM-ATHAR Centre is working with partners on various initiatives to safeguard the cultural heritage of Syria
1 September 2013
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ICOMOS, in cooperation with ICCROM and the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria (DGAM) held a new e-learning course for the Syrian cultural heritage professionals of Idlib on 21 August 2013. The course was led by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness- ICORP and follows on from an earlier course held in Damascus in January 2013.

The training course for Idlib Governorate responds to the immediate and urgent needs expressed by local heritage professionals and volunteers, who are actively in charge of protecting heritage sites and collections. The technical and scientific training provided during the e-learning course addressed the question of how to protect cultural heritage during a conflict situation, and how to provide first aid and emergency responses to damaged sites and collections.

Idlib Governorate is home to some of the most significant ancient sites of the country, including the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

About 100 participants, including DGAM staff and experts of cultural heritage, and also first aiders from the Red Crescent, followed the lectures given by ICOMOS and ICCROM trainers through video-conferencing. The course team included recognized professionals from Syria, UK, India, Spain, Iran and staff members of ICCROM. While ICCROM and ICOMOS contributed staff time for the implementation of this activity, the other lecturers voluntarily offered to share their knowledge and expertise.

This workshop was planned as a follow-up activity to an earlier e-learning course held in January 2013 at The National Museum of Damascus. ICOMOS and ICCROM are working on providing practical guidelines in Arabic and English for salvaging and securing damaged cultural heritage.

To read more about E-Learning Course for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Idlib Governorate, click here

For the course description in English, click here

For the course description in French, click here

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