ICCROM-Sharjah co-organised the 5th edition of the International Conference Protecting the Past 2019

ICCROM-Sharjah co-organised the 5th edition of the International Conference Protecting the Past 2019
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The 5th edition of the International Conference Protecting the Past (PtP) was jointly organised by ICCROM-Sharjah, the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project of Oxford University, UK, and the Global Heritage Fund, from December 10th to 13th 2019, in Agadir, Morocco.

This 4-day conference has brought together international stakeholders to share knowledge, confront pressing global heritage challenges, and explore new heritage protection opportunities in MENA region.

In its previous editions held in Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates respectively, PtP series has emphasised the importance of documentation as a tool for heritage protection, conservation, and management in MENA region.

The series of conferences had brought together more than 200 international and regional researchers and speakers and has been attended by about 600 cultural heritage stakeholders and decision makers as well as heritage professionals, community members, and academics from MENA countries.

In 2019, PtP theme— People, Communities, Heritage — explored new approaches and projects that address a variety of international heritage challenges and conservation in the MENA region.

Conference topics included the role of the local community in recovery and resilience of cultural heritage, the importance of cultural heritage in society, and how heritage is perceived and interpreted by local communities.

Speakers also discussed how local communities are benefiting from new technologies for documentation, interpretation, protection and conservation of their local heritage, and how these tools are responding to local needs.