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Cultural Corridors of Peace Archaeology & heritage in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth Thriving Rural Communities Scarce Water Resources around the Mediterranean

Cultural Corridors of Peace

We have been supporting Bedouin people in Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories to safeguard their cultural heritage, keep it alive and use it for the benefit of their families and communities. Bedouin cultures are a group of shared but diverse traditions, beliefs and practices. This living heritage is at risk from conflict, hard borders, social change,marginalisation and discrimination. This is a concern for many Bedouin communities, because their heritage is a source of self-sufficiency, collective endurance, prosperity and wellbeing. Bedouin people wish to document their heritage and to pass it on - as a living inheritance - to younger generations. They wish to raise awareness of their traditions, ways of life and contributions to wider society. They aspire to a better future for themselves and their children.

Archaeology & heritage in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq

The Kurdistan Region has been through sustained armed conflict and economic crisis. Cultural heritage has an important role to play in people's efforts to build a new future for themselves. We have been working with partners in the Region and internationally, on an equitable basis. Together, we have been integrating archaeological research with locally-driven heritage protection and management. We are helping local people to identify the opportunities that heritage can provide for development, without its destruction (e.g. through looting) We are supporting people to use their archaeology and heritage as a means of building cultural tolerance and creating critically-informed national narratives. We have delivered new museum resources for children and adults, to support learning about their diverse pasts and about the importance of their archaeology.

Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth

Through its Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth programme, the British Council is exploring ways in which culture can improve the lives of people around the world. The priority is enabling marginalised groups to use heritage to bring prosperity and wellbeing to their everyday lives. So far, the British Council has delivered the programme in Columbia, Kenya and Vietnam. We are doing research to inform the potential extension of the programme to China. We are also advising on the further development of the global programme.

Thriving Rural Communities

Rural places are home to communities who matter. These diverse communities have a right to survive, to thrive and to lead on the development of their places. They make a valuable contribution to wider society, in cultural, economic and environmental terms.

We are helping people to safeguard their cultural heritage and to use it for community and wider public benefit. We are aiding them as they develop their communities and empower themselves in decisions about the land and the local environment.

We are working with communities across Europe and with community associations, environmental NGOs, universities and public bodies. Much of our work focuses on promoting community empowerment, so that the people who live in a place take part in decisions about the land and its conservation, development and use. We are also promoting inherited land use practices and cultural knowledge, for their intrinsic worth and because of their contributions towards environmental and humanitarian goals.

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Scarce Water Resources around the Mediterranean

We have been working with a coalition of environmental NGOs on the project Saving Europe’s last free flowing wild river – Vjosa/Aoos. This 270km-long river is subject to proposals for hydropower development, which is an important means of addressing climate change and energy security concerns. However, full account is not being taken of the social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of these proposals. Our environmental partners are investigating the biodiversity impacts. We are working with local people in Greece  to investigate the impacts on their culture, communities and livelihoods, and to identify more sustainable approaches. Our aim is to help people make their voices heard, in order to ensure that the region's renewable energy transition is a just and sustainable one.
This project is part of a wider initiative, the Blue Heart of Europe.