October ends as the project grows in momentum and the results are shown with a final event in Byblos
A rich agenda of activities and events took place between 14 and 28 October. An intense wo weeks that involved all War Free World Heritage Listed Cities (WFWHLC) partners implementing actions on the ground both in Georgia and Lebanon.
An experts' mission led by Prof. Giuseppe Maino was assigned by the Italian project Associate NEREA (Network for Adanvaced Restoration diagnostic investigation, computer documental, antiseismic prevention) and it was accompanied and backstopped by Dr. Claudio Cimino, WATCH project coordinator, conducted on site detailed architectural photogrammetry survey, non destructive material sampling and other instrumental inspection of the world heritage sites in Mtskheta and Byblos.
A second cycle of public awareness promotion (PAP) took place with campaigns taking place both in Lebanon and Georgia addressing students aged 13 through 17 in schools.
In Georgia, the PAP campaign took place in cooperation with the National Committee of ICOMOS which is currently engaged in the implementation of the EU funded project Regional Cooperation for Cultural Heritage Development (RCCHD), implemented by the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Culture programme.
In Lebanon a series of PAP initiatives were promoted in Byblos by the leading project partner the Council of the United Municipality of Jbail, with support by Municipality of Byblos, the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the RotarAct group of Byblos (Rotary Club Youth members).
Monday, October the 28th a Final Conference was organised at the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Byblos gathering the major stakeholders and target groups of the project in Lebanon. The event, apart from its formal character signing the completion of project, represented a golden occasion to present and share the project results and point out lessons learned through its implementation to participants who are also the major direct beneficiaries of the project.