Seminar: Protecting Cyprus' cultural heritage: achievements, challenges and future plans

Jun 29, 2015

EUPSO Photo, 26 June 2015

Nicosia, 29 June 2015 - The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage held a seminar on 26 June at Chateau Status in Nicosia to share its achievements, challenges and future plans for the protection of Cyprus’ cultural heritage.

The seminar, funded with EU funds and organized with support from the European Commission, aimed to present, discuss and make better known the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and its work, in partnership with UNDP-PFF, to the wider community of professionals and the public with the participation of more than 100 experts and professionals.

It covered three main themes which are: work done so far, challenges faced and lessons learned, and future plans.

The TCCH works to provide a mutually acceptable mechanism for the implementation of practical measures for the proper preservation, physical protection and restoration of the immovable cultural heritage of Cyprus.

The Keynote speech was delivered by Ms. Amra Hadžimuhamedović, focusing on the technical, cultural and political significance of Heritage Conservation. Ms. Hadzimuhamedovic has extensive professional experience in cultural heritage preservation, as she is a member of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The language of the seminar was English, with Greek and Turkish simultaneous translation available.

The European Union is the biggest supporter of the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage with approximately €6.7 million of European Union funds allocated since 2012. €2.5 million were donated respectively by the Evkaf Administration and the Church of Cyprus for the restoration of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery as well as Euro 25,000 by the American Embassy. All funds are channeled through the UNDP-PFF.

For more information please contact: Glafkos Constantinides (glafkoscon@cytanet.com.cy) and Ali Tuncay (ali.tuncay@hotmail.com.tr).