IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Disappearing knowledge: Protecting Afghanistan's intangible heritage
This project contributes to the protection of the country’s endangered intangible heritage. Afghanistan’s cultural practices have been gravely weakened by decades of conflict, in which communities have been displaced and practices disrupted. The project aims to safeguard the following traditional practices: Decorative tile-making in Herat, Carpet weaving in Bamiyan, and Tambor-making in Kabul. They will be protected through documentation, training and awareness-raising activities.
The Mosul museum
ALIPH is looking to provide long-term support to the symbolic and ambitious project of the rehabilitation of the Mosul museum. To help salvage this museum that was damaged by Daesh in 2014, the foundation is currently financing a necessary stage in its future rehabilitation, namely:
• The implementation of immediate measures to stabilize the building and protect the collections that are being preserved outside the museum,
• A preparatory study of the restauration (on-site missions, expertise etc.).
This first stage is being jointly carried out by the Smithsonian Institution and the musée du Louvre, in close collaboration with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.
Earthen Architecture Course
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Manah, Oman
ALIPH supported the Earthen Architecture Course implemented at the end of 2018 by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi. The 20 participants from North Africa, Levant, Gulf countries and South-West Asia were trained and learned practical methods for the preservation of earthen buildings and archaeological sites. ALIPH's support for this training demonstrates the Foundation's commitment to curb the destruction and disappearance of earthen structures worldwide, including in the Middle East and North Africa.