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UK Research and Innovations (2021)

Heritage and Ecotourism for Sustainable Development in Iraqi Kurdistan

Heritage Ecotourism Kurdistan

Titre : Heritage and Ecotourism for Sustainable Development in Iraqi Kurdistan

Pays/Région : Kurdistan region of Iraq

Durée : nov. 21 - janv. 23

Référence projet : AH/W006790/1
Catégorie : Research Grant

Résumé partiel
The Kurdistan region of Iraq is especially rich in archaeological, historical and ecological sites that have enormous potential for heritage tourism and ecotourism. As yet, this potential has been significantly underdeveloped. While tourists from within Kurdistan and Iraq more widely frequently visit such natural sites as lakes, waterfalls, mountains and forests, there is much less tourist attention on the heritage sites of the region. These sites comprise caves, rock shelters, rock-cut tombs, archaeological mounds and settlements, as well as heritage buildings in cities such as Sulaimaniyah, the cultural capital of Kurdistan, where this project will be focused.

Furthermore, both ecological and heritage sites in Iraqi Kurdistan suffer from a lack of information for those who do visit these important places. Most heritage sites in the region have no on-site information at all, and it is therefore not surprising that very few people make the effort to visit them. There are also problems with access to some of the key sites, which lack suitable roads, visitor pathways, and any form of signage.

In this project, we propose to start the process of developing the cultural and natural assets of Sulaimaniyah province within the context of the UN International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Through collaboration between the University of Reading Department of Archaeology and the Directorate of Antiquities and Heritage, Sulaimaniyah, including the Slemani Museum, we will draw on UK and Iraqi expertise across the heritage, creative, tourism and social enterprise sectors to develop economic opportunities for local stakeholders.

Lead Research Organisation : University of Reading

Financement : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Budget  : £116 658

UK Research and Innovations

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