Libyan and international experts increase efforts to protect Libyan cultural heritage

May 12, 2016

Martin Kobler closes the International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage

Practical actions to engage civil society, municipalities, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit traffic.

Libya_results1The International Experts Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Cultural Heritage ended today in Tunis.

The three-day workshop sought to identify practical actions to engage civil society, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit trafficking through projects designed to safeguard the country’s shared cultural assets.

The meeting was organized by the Libyan Department of Antiquities, the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with the support of the United States Embassy to Libya in Tunis. Continue reading…


Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage

May 6, 2016

International Experts Gather in Tunis to Discuss Safeguarding of Libya’s Cultural Heritage The Libyan Department of Antiquities in partnership with international experts, and the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), will meet in Tunis from 9-11 May.  Their common goal is to discuss and develop a comprehensive action plan which will include concrete steps, benchmarks, and mechanisms to engage the civil society in the protection of Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites threatened by conflict and plunder.  The meeting will also explore ways of fostering reconciliation and strengthening civil society through projects designed to protect the country’s shared cultural assets.

Participants will include various Libyan stakeholders representing heritage sites, historic cities, and civil society representatives, along with US, Italian, French and UK diplomatic missions in Libya. The gathering will also include a number of international organizations such as Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) the World Bank and others. Continue reading…


Protecting Mosaics in the Mediterranean

February 10, 2016

Participants of the MOSAIKON partner meeting in Venice, January 2016Partners of the MOSAIKON Project recently met in Venice to take stock of the programme and its results since its inception in 2008, and to look towards the future and priority needs. MOSAIKON is a multi-partner initiative to improve mosaics conservation in the southern and eastern Mediterranean through capacity building and information sharing.

The Mediterranean region is rich in mosaics that are housed in museums or located on archaeological sites. Their conservation can be hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from a lack of policies to regulate their protection, to elevated risks in those countries affected by civil unrest, to a shortage of publications on mosaics conservation in local languages.

The meeting, which took place from 17-19 January, examined these issues and discussed the results and success stories that have come out of MOSAIKON over the past seven years. Amongst the achievements presented, of course those of alumni were underlined, as the programme’s training activities have been indispensible in enabling professionals from the region to improve the condition of mosaics in their home countries and institutions. Continue reading…


ICCROM holds a Training of Trainers Course for Heritage in Libya and Yemen

November 10, 2015

ICCROM holds a Training of Trainers Course on Risk Preparedness and Management for Movable and Immovable Cultural Heritage in Libya and Yemen

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The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre organised, in collaboration with the UNESCO Cairo Office and the Institute National du Patrimoine in Tunisia, 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 to cope 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. Continue reading…


First Aid and Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage in Libya

June 29, 2015

Building national capacities

field exercisesThe ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Cairo, held a course on Building National Capacities for Libyan Professionals in First Aid and Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage in Djerba, Tunisia from 12 to 15 June 2015.

The aim of this course was to train cultural heritage professionals in Libya to undertake preventive and first aid interventions in times of crisis for risk reduction and protection of cultural heritage. It included twenty-two participants from various professional backgrounds (archaeologists, engineers and curators), coming from such Libyan cities as Tripoli, Labdah, Cyrene, Benghazi, Fezzan and Sabrathah.

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Workshop on Managing Risks to Cultural Heritage

February 6, 2015

ICCROM ATHAR logoA two-week specialist workshop on “Building National Capacities for Managing Risks to Cultural Heritage in Case of Emergency” concluded in Cairo, Egypt, on 29 January 2015. The workshop was co-organized by ICCROM through its recently-established ATHAR Regional Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the UNESCO Office in Cairo, the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Culture, and with the support of the Government of Sharjah, UAE, and the US Secretary of State. The closing ceremony was attended by Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, and HE Dr Mamdouh Damati, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, who handed-out course certificates to the participants. Also present were: Ms Faika Bejaoui representing ALECSO, Ms Tamar Teneishvili and Dr Nazar Hassan from the UNESCO Office in Cairo, and Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah Continue reading…