During the two-day meeting, titled "Preserving the Past — Constructing the Future, Cultural Heritage and
"This is a particularly poignant time in which to consider the preservation of our cultural and archaeological heritage," HRH
"For what is happening today in
Vulnerability of sites in phases of violent upheaval, threats to historic buildings in times of rapidly growing urban centres, and the balance between touristic use and conservation requirements are among the topics experts will touch upon in the conference.
"As we all share common anxieties over our threatened environment, our dwindling resources and reckless population growth, we should remember that even the greatest civilisation may fall to the ravages of climate, conflict and economic greed. Discovering the secrets of the past may help us live in harmony with our environment and indeed with each other," she said.
The conference, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is taking place within a celebration dubbed "German Weeks", which brings together German institutions, organisations and companies active in the Kingdom.
"We are convinced that cooperation between German and Arab universities brings benefits to both sides," Wintermantel said, highlighting the "tremendous" importance of cultural heritage for a country's identity, and also as an economic factor since tourism is a significant income generation source.
German Ambassador to
"Jordan has become the hub of security in the Levant not only inside its borders but also projecting security into the whole sub-region which is quite a remarkable achievement for a country of the size and volume of Jordan," Tarraf said.
The envoy stressed that the current political and economic arrangements to preserve the security of Jordan should be sustained in the future.
"Constructing the future and preserving the future is the most urgent and pressing need as soon as we think beyond the current crisis mode. We are here to see and discuss how the cultural heritage can contribute to construct the future."
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