Cultural Protection Fund initiative by British Council - Photo courtesy by the British Council release. Cultural Protection Fund initiative by British Council - Photo courtesy by the British Council release.

CPF; saving cultural heritage in Arab world

Tue, Feb. 13, 2018
CAIRO – 13 February 2018: The Cultural Protection Fund is an initiative organized by the British Council in the UK, in partnership with DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) to save the archeological sites in different Arab countries. The CPF provides a £30 million fund to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, and to restore damaged cultural heritage sites, according to the British Council’s official website.

To raise awareness on the importance of the cultural heritage in the Arab World, the CPF provides the Arab communities with various opportunities to get more education on the value of such sites and objects.

Funds will be supporting small and big projects in Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
There will be a project in Egypt that aims to create a database of Nubian artifacts to avoid illegal trafficking. Moreover, the CPF will create a solid archive for contemporary Coptic intangible cultural heritage in Egypt in two years.

One of the projects carried out in Syria by the CPF is one that will reserve the domed house to offer accommodation for immigrant Syrian families. While in Jerusalem, there is a project to restore the main façade of a Mamluk building.

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