UNESCO offers $350,000 to restore heritage sites in Pakistan

The unforeseen floods that killed at least 1,300 individuals and immersed vast areas of Pakistan in water have also impacted the country’s historical sites, prompting the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to allocate emergency funds to rebuild these heritage sites.

The UN body said in a statement on Thursday that it had allocated a $350,000 cash reserve to assist flood-damaged historical places in Pakistan, particularly Moenjo Daro, which traces back to 2,500BC, and ancient landmarks at Makli, Thatta, in Sindh.

Floods have also damaged Karez in Balochistan, a conventional irrigation system on Pakistan’s World Heritage Tentative List, as well as the Amri site museum and the Sehwan folk and craft museum in the Jamshoro district, according to UNESCO, which announced funds to save traditions and culture in Pakistan.

According to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO will assist in reconstructing these heritage sites. Based on the needs analysis performed by their branch in Islamabad, they decided to allocate $350,000 immediately from their heritage and emergency cash reserves. The funds will also cover initiatives to minimize the long-term effects of natural disasters.

These actions will seek to assist not only national response strategies but also wisdom bearers, artisans, craftspeople, and artists who have managed to lose their employments as a result of the floods.