This project aims to use digital tools for the remote support of the civil society organizations and local organizations working in the protection of historical and archaeological heritage in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
This project is led by (CSIC-IMF) and funded by the BBVA Foundation with a budget of €75,000, and in partnership with Heritage for Peace. The project aims to use digital tools, such as a Mobile APP, to support local NGOs and organizations dedicated to the protection of historical and archaeological heritage, to develop databases on heritage assets in danger in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
This project supports the action of a series of NGOs on the ground, with which the IMF maintains contact. In addition, the project has the agreement of the Directorates of Antiquities of the four countries in which the project take place.
This current project is in development by Heritage for Peace in partnership with Save Muslim Heritage, with a budget of €50,000, funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung, with the aim of providing legal training to court staff in the opposition-held Syria, on matters pertaining to cultural heritage. The program was born out of research carried out by Heritage for Peace on the current judicial landscape in the opposition-held areas of Syria.
In those regions, every single power imposed its own interpretation of the law to manage heritage questions. Questionnaires were completed with various stakeholders including Imams, lawyers, heritage experts, and local council members inside Syria. SHELTr relies on the development of a curriculum addressing legal aspects of cultural heritage protection in three legal frameworks relevant in Syria: Syrian National Law, Islamic Law, and International Humanitarian Law.
The project is divided into 5 phases (preparation > content development > e-course formatting > e-course > evaluation-assessment). Through this program, local legal stakeholders will be better informed to advocate for, and adjudicate on, the protection of cultural heritage in areas controlled by the opposition.