Tunisia: Enhancing geological heritage at Beit El Hikma

The Department of Islamic Studies of the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts Beit al-Hikma has organized a workshop on June 27 on the theme of “Legislative obligations relating to heritage”.

The workshop, coordinated by Department Director Hmida Enneifer and Professor Mohamed Bouhlel, focused on the first scientific session on the place of heritage issues in national legislation and international conventions. The second session looked in particular at geological heritage in Tunisia: “Geo-parks in Tunisia between legislation and international conventions”, using the Dhahar’ geo-park in south-eastern Tunisia as a model. Emphasis was placed on the draft law on the protection of geological heritage in the Republic of Tunisia.

According to the Office National des Mines (ONM), in its capacity as national geological survey and repository of geological heritage, and committed to setting up the first Geopark in Tunisia, there are geological sites in Tunisia of scientific, educational and aesthetic interest, some of which are symbols of their region, such as the Aiguilles de Tabarka, the Oued Thelja gorges in the Gafsa region and the Table de Jugurtha in the Kef region.

Together, these sites represent geological heritage, an integral part of the national natural heritage. The overall aim of developing and safeguarding this geological heritage is to preserve its richness and diversity and promote it in the scientific, educational, cultural and tourist fields.

TunisianMonitorOnline (NejiMed)

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