Sustainable growth key to safety

By: Kaushalendra Singh

SALALAH: Scientists and archaeologists, who gathered in Salalah to take part in the second International Conference on Archaeological Parks and Sites, laid stress on preserving heritage sites in the wake of large scale industrialisation, mining activities, rapid expansion and climate change. As an answer to all these issues they suggested sustainable development to strike a balance between development and preservation of heritage sites around the world. They expressed overall satisfaction over the Sultanate’s focus on heritage and culture.

The three-day conference began yesterday at Dhofar University under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

The opening session was attended by ministers, under-secretaries, government officials, academics, and researchers from Oman and abroad. Senior officials from Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) are also taking part in the conference to impress upon the participants to take up the cause of preservation of heritage sites at a new level.

In his conference message, Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al Rowas, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs and Chairman of ICOMOS Oman, elaborated the value of preservation of heritage sites and said: “Piece by piece, and with ever increasing clarity, the story of our ancestors is being revealed to us. It is a narrative colorfully illustrated by the wealth of knowledge harvested from archaeological sites. Wherever there has been human settlement, where intricate cultures and social systems have evolved, these sites offer subtle and concrete evidence to enquiring minds, so that today we know a great deal about how our ancestors lived, what tools they used, what aspirations they held sacred.”

“This narrative would not have unfolded were it not for the informed; and sustained, efforts of scientists, researchers and scholars, generations of who dedicated their gifts and their time to this endeavor. It is thanks to them that we understand as much as we do about the life of early man and how that life developed and became more complex over time,” he said.


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