Project status:


Lead organisation:

International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)


INTO is running this project in partnership with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation, Zanzibar Stonetown Heritage Society, Heritage Watch Ethiopia Association and Petra National Trust.

Grant award:

£1.6 million

Project summary:

Drier and hotter weather, extreme weather events and rising water levels are putting important heritage at risk across the world.

INTO has identified sites of historic importance in six countries across the Middle East and North Africa, which are in need of restoration due to the impacts of climate change, neglect and consequent underuse.

The grant has been awarded to protect and restore these six sites by training the local community in conservation skills.

Trainees will visit partner sites in the UK in order to share knowledge around safeguarding heritage from the threat of climate change. Each site will feature an exhibition space to further engage the wider population.

Connections between National Trust properties in the UK and the sites in each country will be made, enabling knowledge sharing around safeguarding heritage in the face of climate-induced threats. 

The restoration will engage and provide future opportunities for local communities and the project will culminate in a conference to cement learning and strengthen international relationships.

A study group visiting Porthdinllaen beach in Wales
INTO study group on a tour of Porthdinllaen in Wales, one of the partner sites involved in the project