1st April , 2015
FORUM IN DUBROVNIK
PAM announces dedicated parliamentary hearing on Protection of Cultural Heritage at time of war
Luka Denona, Head of the Croatian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM),
represented the Assembly at the Parmenides VII Forum on “Common heritage and technologies: Enhancement of heritage, a key to development”, organized by the Inter Academic Group
for Development (GID), in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 17-19 March 2015. GID is a PAM partner
organization, with which a fruitful cooperation has been long established in the framework of both the
PAM Economic Panel and the Academic Platform.
The three main topics of the Forum, namely Natural heritage: it’s value for development; Geological and
archaeological heritages; Common heritage and urbanization - were examined mainly through their
economical impact and training of the professionals involved in the conservation, rehabilitation and the
promotion of the value of national heritage for development.
In his intervention, on behalf of PAM, Hon. Denona highlighted the economic aspect of heritage with
respect to tourism and development of the Mediterranean countries and how PAM has tackled these
issues in recent years and its future initiatives. He referred to the impact of tourism on water availability
in the region which is a very critical and actual issue due to the peculiarities of the Mediterranean region
and the high hydro-stress that many areas of the region suffer from. “Recently, PAM has analyzed the
possibility to develop the concept of “Mediterranean tourism”, in order to attract tourists from the Far
East, or the Americas, with special Mediterranean itineraries, which would allow tourists to visit several
countries with a single trip to the region”, Hon. Denona said.
In connection with PAM’s future activities, a major event will be held in Malta next November, dedicated
to tourism as a key for economic development and, “Again, the region should invest on this sector in
terms of hospitality, infrastructure, food, monuments, restoration and related leisure activities, which are
all key factors for job creation”, Hon Denona explained.
The unprecedented criminal operation by Daesh terrorist hordes who, in addition to the inhumane
violence against civilians, started the systematic destruction of monuments and archaeological sites, as
well as the looting, smuggling and sale of antiquities to finance their terror campaigns, will be the main
topic of a dedicated parliamentary hearing, to be held in Rabat, Morocco, next May. The initiative, hosted
by the PAM President, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, will be carried out by PAM in close
cooperation with UNESCO, in response to a call by UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council
(RES 2199 – 12.02.2015).
Finally, Hon. Denona referred to the ongoing work by PAM and the GID in preparation for the signing of
a Memorandum of Understanding, which will strengthen the ties and better structure the cooperation
between the two institutions in many sectors.//
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