Italy, UNESCO sign 1.5m euro deal for initiatives in Petra, Wadi Rum

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AMMAN — The Italian government and UNESCO signed a 1.5 million Euro partnership agreement on Wednesday, August 23, for a new initiative in Petra and Wadi Rum.اضافة اعلان

The two-year initiative entitled "Local Communities and Sustainable Tourism in Petra and Wadi Rum" will contribute to the sustainable protection of the two World Heritage sites, while focusing on empowering local communities to play an active role in the preservation of these invaluable places and creating livelihoods opportunities, especially for the women and youth.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, UNESCO Representative, Min Jeong Kim, thanked the government of Italy for its "generous" support, adding that, "UNESCO will work closely with the Government of Jordan, as well as the local authorities and communities, to focus on activities that could help alleviate some of the pressures on the sites due to the exponential increase in the number of tourists in recent years," Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

The project will be implemented, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Department of Antiquities, Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

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