UNESCO Mobilizes resources to safeguard Yemen’s cultural heritage

UNESCO Mobilizes resources to safeguard Yemen’s cultural heritage

Alsahwa Net- The UNESCO said on Tuesday that it has been mobilizing resources from the Heritage Emergency Fund to safeguard three World Heritage sits in Yemen.

The targeted sites include Sana'a old city, Shibam Hadramout and Zabid.

Buildings of these sites have sustained recently serious damages caused floods and torrential rains.

The organization expressed its profound regrets the loss of life and property in several historic centers in Yemen.

It said that “the weather conditions threaten the survival of Yemen’s unique cultural heritage, which is a testimony of human creativity.”

“UNESCO has been mobilizing the Heritage Emergency Fund to quickly and effectively respond to crises resulting from armed conflicts and disasters in the country,” the organization said in a statement.

It explained that along with its partners, the organization has intervened in Al-Qasimi area of the Old City of Sana’a and the Historic Town of Zabid to save 30 buildings from collapse.

It indicated that the second phase of intervention has been launched following the heavy flash floods of April 2020 in Sana’a.

In April the organization began technical studies of residential areas located mainly on the west bank of Al-Sailah and  next activities will include rehabilitation scheduled to be launched in partnership with the Public Works Project (PWP) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities in Yemen (GOPHCY).

It said that “the resulting damage is endangering the lives of the inhabitants of these historic centers, leaving some of them without adequate shelter and exacerbating the already-dire situation for many others.”

The organization said that it “acknowledges the need for collective efforts to avoid further losses and implement risk mitigation mechanisms to ensure that the inhabitants of these historic centers can continue to live and conserve their heritage as they have done for centuries.”

The Yemeni historical centers of Aden, Sana’a, Shibam, and Zabid are benefiting from an ongoing cash-for-work project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and specialized local authorities, according to the UNESCO.

It indicated that the project activities actively safeguard private houses and public spaces in the four cities and create income opportunities for 4,000 youth inhabitants, with more than 30 ongoing working sites in the Old City of Sana’a alone.

The three-year project is continually adapting to the changing needs of the targeted cities, the organization said.

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