to the The Preservation Center of Heritage and Identity
of Iraqi Cities (PCHIIC).
If the past was full of brilliant
civilizational, intellectual and scientific achievements ...
So why do we live in a present full of
helplessness and frustration?
Together, let us build a prosperous
present ... and a bright, promising future.
(CPHIIC team, 2011).
Iraq being the cradle of civilizations, this means that it has a huge
amount of diverse and abundant cultural heritage, where the cognitive
treasures and high-end scientific achievements, so the logic dictates
that these tangible and intangible treasures be invested, to enrich his
march in this life and to strengthen the building of his distinct
identity among the peoples of the earth and to become High scientific
and civilizational platform in the world.
The Iraqi situation needs a comprehensive vision that serves as a
strategic solution that links the current generation with its glorious
past and informs them of the great achievements made by parents and
grandparents, which enhances their self-confidence and constitutes a
great motivation and strength for this generation, in order to work hard
and launch the fields of creativity and development to build a
prosperous present and a promising future
The ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites of
Iraq enrich and inform today's societies, and help connect us to our
But, unfortunately; cultural heritage sites are becoming collateral
victims with the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters, both
natural and human induced. There are many different risk factors that
threaten our cultural heritage. These include direct and indirect
factors, natural risks that could be catastrophic, sporadic or constant,
neglect, decay and inappropriate development, wars, looting and illicit
excavations of sites and conflicts, in addition to the problems and
challenges that cities are suffering from, insufficient planning, bad
restorations and reconstructions, and urban planning policies and their
consequences; all of which have a heavy impact on cultural heritage and
the specific identity.
Thus, The Preservation Center of Heritage and Identity of Iraqi Cities (PCHIIC)
aimed in the protection and preservation of the Iraqi's ancient and
historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites, as well as,
managing, organizing and coordinating urban and architectural affairs
and all construction systems, in addition to proposing and preparing
development plans for cities, through a specialized charter that was
prepared for this purpose to serve all Iraqi cities, which is the Najaf
PCHIIC is dedicated to advancing many
fields of sciences of heritage, archaeology, urban planning, architect,
construction, and other linked fields, through transdisciplinary
research, education and training, practice and advocacy, with the aim to
enhance sustainable preservation of cultural heritage, elements of
identity, interpretation, and access in service to the global