The Strategy for Management of Jordan’s Archeological Heritage


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Report Name

Date

Timeline

The Strategy for Management of

Jordan’s Archeological Heritage

NA

2014-2018

Author

Supporting Donor

The Department of Antiquities of Jordan

None

Sector

Lead Ministry

tourism

None

Key Topics

Education – Employment –Environment – Financial Services– Healthcare – Higher Education –Infrastructure – Investment Development– Legislation –Poverty –Social Welfare – Transportation – Vocational Training – tourism

Executive Summary

Jordan’s diverse legacy of antiquities and archaeological sites attests to its rich

history as a crossroads of civilizations, which witnessed the culture, art and

genius of numerous great peoples, each leaving their own special mark behind.

Collected over thousands of years, this legacy represents the origin and evolution

of several religions, cultures, economies and societies. It is Jordan’s heritage that

lends the country the unique characteristic of an open air museum, and offers

the potential for deeper multicultural and religious understanding through the study of this heritage.

 

Jordan›s National Tourism Strategy (NTS) for 2011 – 2015 sets the goal of doubling Jordan›s tourism economy in real terms by 2015. This is while Jordan caters to a multitude of tourism markets that are by far the biggest and most profitable. It therefore stands to reason that in order to achieve the goal prescribed by the NTS, cultural tourism must be capitalized on to maximize its economic

return to the country.

Key Findings

The National tourism strategy has the following objectives:

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Strategic Objective 1 Conservation of archaeological assets based on best international standards.

• Strategic Objective 2 Application of sustainable use and best-practice management

guidelines for archaeological heritage and museums.

• Strategic Objective 3 Presence of an enabling institutional and legal environment for archaeological heritage management

• Strategic Objective 4 Enhanced awareness of and support for the value and significance of archaeological heritage and museums.

• Strategic Objective 5 Availability of financial and human resources to capitalize on Jordan’s archaeological heritage.

 

Recommended Initiatives/Actions

Success of this strategy requires wide support from the Government of Jordan,

the private sector and local communities. Together, these stakeholders will work

to ensure needed legislation changes are made, adequate resources solicited

and required capacities, instruments and equipment, within the DoA and

other government agencies, are available for the protection, study and use of

archaeological heritage assets.

The road ahead is a challenging one, but one that must be taken to keep Jordan’s

heritage treasures safe for the enjoyment and education of future generations,

and to support Jordan’s development goals by contributing to the national

economy through tourism. Accordingly, each of the stakeholders must play its

role in supporting and implementing this strategy in practical terms.

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