A two-member UNESCO delegation called on Sindh Culture and Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah. The delegation was led by UNESCO architect conservation experts Rand Eppich and Christina and others. The UNESCO delegation apprised the Culture Minister about their visit and detailed assessment of the damages caused to Mohenjo Daro after the recent rains and floods.

Speaking on the occasion the delegation said that Modern methods needed to be adopted to protect the ancient site from the effects of climate change. “There was a need for multimedia recording and digital imaging of all sites,” Said architect conservation experts Rand Eppich. He further highlighted the need of conservation work of All site. They further said that workshops, training and awareness programs should be organized for the protection of world heritage.

The meeting aggreed  to protect Mohenjo Daro from all future climate impacts under “Disaster Risk Reduction”. It was further decided during the meeting that all the research work done on Mohenjo Daro will be consolidated and made available on one platform.

Provincial Culture Minister Syed Sardar Shah said that the scheme to build a research center at Mohenjo Daro has been approved by the provincial Government. The research center of international standards, resembling the buildings of Mohenjo Daro to be built at the site.

Sindh Culture Minister further informed that delegation that 100 years of research work on Mohenjo Daro will be consolidated. “The  World Conference to be held on Mohenjo Daro this year with the support of UNESCO. The Mohenjo Daro Conference will be held in Paris and will be led by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari” he said.

He further said that a documentary will be presented by the Department of Culture and Antiquities in the conference.

The delegation said that UNESCO conservation expert Thierry Joffroy has completed his visit after the damage caused to the international cultural heritage due to heavy rains. UNESCO expert Thierry Jofroy will present his report to the headquarters of the United Nations agency. In the light of the recommendations of UNESCO expert Thierry Jouffroy, a workshop was also organized with the support of the Department of Antiquities regarding the protection of world heritage. The workshop also provided training on archaeological drainage, ‘capping’ on structures and protection against ground salt. The overall planning, operations, research, training and publications were discussed in detail in the meeting.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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