ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre organised, in collaboration with UNESCO Cairo Office and the Institute National du Patrimoine inTunisia, an activity titled “Training of Trainers: Preventive Conservation and Risk Preparedness for Movable and Immovable Cultural Heritage”. This seven-day course took place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 29 October to 5 November 2015.
Building on ICCROM’s previous experience in providing capacity building in the area of preventive conservation, risk mitigation, documentation and first aid to cultural heritage, especially in emergency situations, this course aimed at enhancing professionals’ ability in dealing with emergencies by effectively managing threats to cultural heritage. This was a follow-up activity to the ICCROM-ATHAR Building Risk Preparedness and Management of National Capacities for Libyan Professionals course which took place in Djerba, Tunisia, from 9 to 15 June 2015.
The course explored the latest rapid documentation techniques, preventive measures for cultural heritage protection, principles of in situ conservation for immovable and movable cultural heritage, as well as disaster and risk preparedness/management.
ICCROM engaged in a mixed Arabic and English speaking faculty with experience in the field of cultural heritage conservation and conflict management. The course consisted of interactive, participatory sessions, both theoretical and practical, carried out in a classroom environment and on cultural heritage sites. Study visits and applied work at selected archaeological sites, such as disaster simulation exercises complemented the work carried out in the classroom. Through these exercises, participants prepared rapid condition assessment forms, effectively managed risks and museum security issues, learnt how to collaborate with other sectors and volunteers and worked on raising awareness of the general public.
Thirty Libyan professionals from the Libyan Department of Antiquities, Historic Cities Authority, NGOs and Civil Defense participated in this course together with two professionals from Yemen, who were invited to participate in response to the increased threats to cultural heritage in their country. Upon the completion of this course, participants will be qualified to disseminate the acquired knowledge while positively managing risks and threats to cultural heritage in their home countries.
Dr. Stefano De Caro, Director General of ICCROM, attended the course closing in which participants received certificates of participation. Also present at the event were Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR, Dr. Nabil Kallala, Director General of the National Heritage Institute, Tunisia, as well as Ms. Rajaa al-Abbasi, UNESCO-Tripoli Office.
List of Participants
Mohamed Y.E. AbdelRahman, Civil Defense (Cyrene)
Saleh I.S. Al Jarary, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Tariq A. Abdalkarim Khalifa, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Mahmod A. K. Mahmod, Head of City Coordination Committee
Mohammed Mahana Nasr, Benghazi Office
Mohammed S. Mohammed Hahsem, Benghazi Office
Emad A. W. Slieman, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Mohamed A.O. Bulhaiga, Cyrene Archaeological Site
Farag A. H. Saad, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Abdalnaser G. Magid Almabruk, Cyrene Archaeological Site
Walid I. Abdelrahman Busnina, Benghazi Office
Fathala A. A. Abubaker, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Abdel Reheem Saleh El-Shereif, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Abulqadir Yusuf Abdullatif Lasyoud, Fazzan Archaeological Site
Mohamed Ali Slieman Akrida, Fazzan Archaeological Site
Yousef Ali Mohamed Naoura, Tripoli Office
Abdulmonam Mahmud el Abohasan, Tripoli Office
Zahra Mansur Zreg, Tripoli Office
Mohameed Alhadi Ali Altabeeb, Tripoli Office, Libya Museum
Abdullah Abousalam Ehmaida, Leptis Magna Archaeological Site
Abu Zayd Abdullah Mohamed Fakroun, Leptis Magna Archaeological Site
Ahmed M. Eghfir, Leptis Magna Archaeological Site
Abulgasem M. Elmabrouk Masoud, Sebratha Archaeological Site
Ali Omar Mohamed El Aiori, Sebratha Archaeological Site
Tareq Emhamed Saad Kamouka, Sebratha Archaeological Site
Amhimmid Mohammed Meelad AlTabeeb, Tripoli Office
Saif Eldin Mohamed Khalifa Elhasanawi, Heritage Authority Secretariat
Salem Abou Salem Abdulmotaleb, Tripolitania Heritage Foundation
Elsdek Omra E. El Ragig, Tripolitania Heritage Foundation
Aiman B.A Kredeagh, Sebratha Municipality
Nabil MUNASSAR, General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Yemen (GOPHCY)
AbdulKareem AL-BARAKANI, General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Yemen (GOPHCY)