UNESCO and Sunni Endowment in Iraq strengthen cooperation for heritage preservation

UNESCO and the Sunni Endowment in Iraq recently agreed to strengthen their cooperation for heritage preservation and to launch several new initiates under the project ‘Enhancing capacities in the documentation and conservation of historical religious buildings and in the refurbishment of contemporary mosques in historic context’. The project is funded by the Sunni Endowment and implemented in partnership with UNESCO. The Sunni Endowment is the custodian of a significant part of Iraqi cultural heritage. This heritage encompasses religious buildings as mosques and Quranic schools, dating back to hundreds of years, as well as important collections of ancient manuscripts. The project’s activities aim at offering a holistic approach to heritage conservation and management. New activities will focus on three main areas. To improve the management structure of the Sunni Endowment to more efficiently carry out preservation of manuscripts and other heritage. A new “‘Department of conservation and management of...

UNESCO and the Sunni Endowment in Iraq recently agreed to strengthen their cooperation for heritage preservation and to launch several new initiates under the project ‘Enhancing capacities in the documentation and conservation of historical religious buildings and in the refurbishment of contemporary mosques in historic context’. The project is funded by the Sunni Endowment and implemented in partnership with UNESCO.

The Sunni Endowment is the custodian of a significant part of Iraqi cultural heritage. This heritage encompasses religious buildings as mosques and Quranic schools, dating back to hundreds of years, as well as important collections of ancient manuscripts.

The project’s activities aim at offering a holistic approach to heritage conservation and management. New activities will focus on three main areas. To improve the management structure of the Sunni Endowment to more efficiently carry out preservation of manuscripts and other heritage. A new “‘Department of conservation and management of historic religious heritage’ will be established. The Department’s main task is to oversee operations and manage conservation activities at historic buildings and archaeological sites owned by the endowment.

The second area is to strengthen the capacity of the Endowment’s staff in the conservation and management of historic religious heritage. Staff will undergo several training workshops covering conservation management, how to use appropriate equipment such as Terrestrial Laser Scanners and how to document, conserve and preserve religious manuscripts.

The third objective is to increase the visibility of the heritage that belongs to the Sunni Endowment, for example through online platforms and publications.