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CCHP

CCHP


Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation is an off-shoot of the Bethlehem 2000 Project Authority (BL2000), established in 1998 to prepare Bethlehem for the celebrations marking the turn of the millennium. The Centre was mandated by President Yasser Arafat on 14 April 2001 to continue and expand on cultural heritage preservation efforts started by BL2000. It is an independent public body operating under the guidance of a board of trustees, which is headed by the Minister of Culture, and currently under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. A steering committee of five members, including two from non-governmental organizations, is providing the overall supervision and policy guidance. Since its Establishment in 2001 the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation (CCHP) has been aiming to fulfill its role in preserving tangible and intangible heritage resources in Bethlehem governorate. Through implementing its quality programmes, the CCHP was able to respond to the needs of the local community by investing in the cultural heritage sector. Practicing traditional techniques, CCHP preserves abandoned buildings for the adaptive reuse of local community based organizations. These organizations through their role improve standards of living and combat poverty among locals who benefit from their projects, particularly marginalized groups such as women and children. By raising the local community awareness, CCHP has been able to enhance the prominence of cultural heritage using developmental schemes methods.