Cultural Heritages of Water: The cultural heritages of water in the Middle East and Maghreb / Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau : Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau au Moyen-Orient et au Maghreb

(2017) Cultural Heritages of Water: The cultural heritages of water in the Middle East and Maghreb / Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau : Les patrimoines culturels de l’eau au Moyen-Orient et au Maghreb. Documentation. ICOMOS International, Charenton-le-Pont, France, 375p. ICOMOS Thematic studies, ISBN 978-2-91886-21-5 (e-version). [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

"Over recent years a series of urgent and in some cases disastrous situations have arisen in the field of water access. [...] Because of climate change, resources today are under threat from long-term trends which are quite difficult to predict with precision on a regional basis, but which are however certain to occur. T[...] In this context, a return to traditional cultural heritages linked to water – some dating back more than a thousand years - would seem to be a necessary, or at least useful, approach. The initial aim of the approach we are adopting here is to provide assistance for recognising, studying and preserving heritage of this type. From this viewpoint, the framework provided by the World Heritage Convention is an important tool, and can provide instructive insights, when it comes to identifying sites and cultural landscapes with Outstanding Universal Value which are linked to the exploitation and use of water by human societies both today and in the past. It can play perhaps an even more important role in providing a methodology for the identification and then the preservation of such heritages, in a wider context, not only for properties which could be nominated for the World Heritage List, but also for properties of regional or local importance. The aim will also be to establish benchmark examples, which are highlighted for the benefit of everyone, and whose transmission to future generations can be assured in an appropriate way." (quoted from the introduction)

Item Type: Book (Documentation)
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Cotte, Michelcotte.michel@orange.fr
Languages: English, French
Keywords: cultural heritage; water; hydraulic structures; hydrology; water management; waterways; rain; historic gardens; fountains; cultural landscapes; irrigation systems; aqueducts; oases; case studies; arid regions; semi-arid regions; Maghreb; mediterranean countries; Egypt; North-Sudan; Eritrea; Algeria; Tunisia; Syria; Lebanon; Israel; Jordan; Turkey; Iraq; Kuwait; United Arab Emirates; Qatar; Iran; Oman; traditional techniques; local communities; civil engineering works
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 08. Heritage canals
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
Q. LANDSCAPES > 07. Indigenous/Traditional landscapes
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: ICOMOS Thematic studies
Number of Pages: 375
ISBN: 978-2-91886-21-5 (e-version)
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 09:59
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1846

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