The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Helping to preserve Jordan’s archaeological treasures

UNOPS will rehabilitate a facility to give Jordan a modern place to restore antiquities and safeguard the Jerash archaeological site, as well as other sites throughout the country.

UNOPS will work with the governments of Italy and Jordan to rehabilitate and equip the Jerash Centre for the Restoration of Ancient Artefacts.

Tourism is one of Jordan’s largest economic sectors. The Centre will help to further enhance the tourism sector and create new job opportunities.

“UNOPS is excited to contribute to the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in further professionalizing its conservation and restoration work in the country,” said Bana Kaloti, UNOPS Regional Director for the Middle East. “The Centre will enable qualitative restoration activities, according to international standards, and will offer proper space and facilities for staff training.”

“As one of the Italy-led key initiatives on promoting and safeguarding cultural heritage in the region, this innovative project seeks to stimulate research to preserve cultural and historical traditions,” said Michele Morana, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation’s Amman Director.

Once completed, the Centre will be used to restore antiquities from museums in Jordan and the Middle East, conduct scientific research on conservation, disseminate intervention methodologies for conservation and share technical assistance. The Centre will also be used to train conservators, architects, archaeologists, scientific experts and other professionals.

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