Expert Meeting on Libyan Heritage Under Threat

Libyans passionate about the country’s cultural heritage came together in early May 2016 for the International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage. 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.  

Context

Libya’s cultural heritage is facing significant threats and damage. Since the Revolution of 2011, these dangers include not only unmanaged, unregulated development, but also increasing acts of civil disorder. With two de facto governments in the country, no constitution yet written, a weak civil society apparatus  and rising religious extremism, more damage is being done to the country’s cultural heritage since the events of the 2011.The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response (CER) staff member Alexander Bishop attended the International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage to identify and discuss priorities for immediate cultural relief. Together with the local representatives, eight immediate needs were identified. CER is currently looking into the possibilities to provide imminent relief to these sites in need.

About the Expert Meeting

Organised 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), various local and international experts, representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, participated in the discussions. The gathering included over 30 Libyan stakeholders representing heritage sites, historic cities and civil society, along with several scientific missions in Libya and a number of international organizations. 

Expert Meeting on Libyan Heritage Under Threat

"International Expert Meeting on Safeguarding Libyan Heritage"

pdf

Press Release The International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage pdf - 0.07 MB

Martin Kobler closes the International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage

Expert Meeting on Libyan Heritage Under Threat

 
 
 
 

Expert Meeting on Libyan Heritage Under Threat

Libyans passionate about the country’s cultural heritage came together in early May 2016 for the International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage. 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...