Research is an essential pillar of the work of CCHP; it helps define the strategies & plans of the various activities conducted by the centre in the various fields. While training is the other pillar that ensure the dismantling of the knowledge accomplished by CCHP team to the various sectors working in fields related to cultural heritage resources.
The research which was conducted through this unit underpins all of activities conducted by CCHP, generates strategies for rehabilitation and conservation works, training as well as awareness and community development programmes.
Bethlehem on the World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed during its 36th Session held in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation (26 June to 4 July), Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, Palestine on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List. The secret voting of 13 to 6 and 2 abstentions took place on Friday, June 29, 2012.
The Emergency Plan for the Re-qualification of the Historic Town of Beit Sahour aims at setting tool for the protection of the historic town of until the achievement of the second phase of BACMP; and contributes to preparing the historic town of Beit Sahour to receiving tourists, and stopping the deterioration and negative development threatening the town. The Plan also assisted in preparing various pilot projects for intervention, which serve the achievement of the main objectives of the plan and contribute to the economical revitalization of the town.
The four organizations working in the field of cultural heritage preservation (4CHOs), Riwaq – Centre for Architectural Preservation, Hebron Rehabilitation Committee RHC, The Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Programme OCJRP, and Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation CCHP, with the full support and guidance of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency "Sida", have been working together on strengthening the channels of cooperation and discussion between them through the following programmes:
Because of the uniqueness, authenticity and integrity of the Old city of Bethlehem, and in order to meet the protection criteria required to include the historic center of Bethlehem in the UNESCO World Heritage List and to ensure the development of the city and the common interest of the community. The Bethlehem Area Conservation and Management Plan (BACMP) is a common base that will contain these wishes, ideas and proposals within a shared vision of the future.
Not forgetting participating in international projects such as the two main projects that were implemented through the Euro-Med Heritage Programmes; first, Mediterranean Voices which consisted of documentation of memories of people and places, documents, photographs, songs, etc; ethnographic investigation of this oral heritage within the cosmopolitan context of the Mediterranean; and the dissemination of this material via the web and through use of interactive modes of communication. Second, Delta Project "Development of TerritoriAl CulturaL SystEms: The Delta project contributed to preserve and develop the cultural heritage of the Euro-Mediterranean area and increase the capacity in enhancing and managing that heritage.
Development of a Master’s degree in Tourism and Pilgrimage, a Tempus project from the Bethlehem University in cooperation with the CCHP, London Metropolitan University and the University of Joensuu Finland in Savonlinna. This project is the first of its kind in the Bethlehem University and which aims to enable graduates to become leaders in the field and thus to contribute to the development of Palestinian tourism in the future.
The CCHP has realized the importance of reforming the policies and legislation for the protection of cultural and natural Palestinian heritage, and has prepared in cooperation with Riwaq and Law Institute at BirZeit University the draft for the New Heritage Law. This projects aims to provide a better management, protection and enhancement of cultural and natural heritage sources. This project consists of three packages: legal & institutional reform, programme development and capacity building.