Tunisia: Montada, more protection of architectural heritage

Project part of Euromed Heritage funded by EU

28 March, 20:06

(ANSAmed) - Madrid, 28 MAR - Strengthening institutions for the protection of architectural heritage in Tunisia and the legal framework for their protection and preservation. And at the same time, deepening the culture of dialogue among social, public and private entities, to create projects that will enable the National Institute of Tunisian heritage to develop a strategic vision in the short, medium and long term for actions in the country. These are the recommendations that emerged from the international workshop on the conservation of heritage and the new legal framework, which was held in Tunis in late January, and published yesterday by the Montada Project. The discussion, which was attended by experts in architecture, representatives of civil society and the authorities, including the Tunisian Minister of Culture, Mahadj Mabrouk, came up with a number of recommendations. As regards the fight against illegal building, the there is an appeal to local authorities to prosecute offences and strengthen controls in coordination with the National Heritage Institute. With regard to institutional strengthening, inter alia, the workshop recommended the creation of a corps of architects and planners who specialise in the restoration of historic and architectural heritage, to be given a status similar to that of the archaeologists, and at the same time, specialised training of architects. In terms of strengthening the legislative framework, the workshop recommended the establishment of institutional mechanisms for financial and legal interventions in historical centres and the implementation of plans for safeguarding and enhancement of the Medinas of Tunis, Kairouan, Sousse and Sfax and the Carthaginian cultural site of Sidi Bou Said . In terms of the potential of culture for dialogue, the conclusions of the workshop urged the sensitisation of civil society to the protection and preservation of traditional heritage, the creation of public-private partnerships and the fostering of relations between the authorities and citizens' associations, NGOs operating in the area.

The Montada project is co-financed by the European Union, within the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV program and implemented in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with the aim of promoting the protection and preservation of traditional building. (ANSAmed) YK8
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