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NEWS: New committee will oversee Egyptian sites on World Heritage List

20130613-115944.jpgThe Egyptian antiquities ministry is leading a new government committee that will seek to protect heritage sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (Source: Ahram Online).

“On Wednesday, the newly-established National Committee of Egyptian Archaeological Sites (NCEAS), held its first meeting at the Ministry of State for Antiquities.

Members discussed several issues concerning the protection of Egyptian archaeological sites registered on the World Heritage List, run by UNESCO.

Several archaeological sites, including some not on the World Heritage List, have suffered from negligence and the lack of security since the 2011 revolution, particularly those sites that come under the supervision of more than one ministry. These include a number of Fatimid, Mameluk and Ottoman-era mosques in Historic Cairo which are affiliated with the ministry of religious endowments but under the supervision of the antiquities ministry.

The committee, headed by antiquities minister Ahmed Eissa, consists of representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs, international cooperation, religious endowments, environment, irrigation as well as representatives from the governor’s offices of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Aswan and South Sinai.

The committee aims to provide experts in different fields in order to properly and efficiently manage the Egyptian sites registered on the World Heritage List, as well as developing more sites so they might be included on the list. It will also draw up plans to better protect these sites and make them more tourist-friendly” – via Ahram Online.

Read more here.

This is very good news – Egypt has seven sites on the UNESCO list already, and a further thirty-two on a ‘tentative’ list. The more Egyptian sites that are protected by UNESCO, the better!

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