A comprehensive training targeting various groups and professional disciplines was held in Antakya between 21-24 February within the scope of ‘the KORU Project’. The project is carried out in Mardin and Antakya by the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in cooperation with Edinburgh World Heritage , supported by the British Council under the Cultural Conservation Fund. KORU is a best practice study for ‘Capacity Building for Conservation of Cultural Heritage’. The Cultural Routes Society supported the theoretical and practical training to tour guides who are are amongst the major actors in tourism.
Project activities include the restoration of stone houses, training of stone masons, participation in the Leadership Academy in Edinburgh and participating in trainings on conservation and valorization of cultural heritage. The trainings target various groups such as tour guides, teachers, old house owners and journalists. The natural and cultural heritage protection training for the tour guides took place on February 22. During the trainings, Barış Altan from Koç University, Kate Clow and Hüseyin Eryurt from the Cultural Routes Society informed the tour guides and about the interpretation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, methods and legal procedures of preservation in the case of cultural routes. In addition, the classroom education, which also gave examples of how local people could be included in the process, was followed by a site visit at St Pierre Church. The main highlights of the field visit were; consideration of site visits together with its environment as a whole, the significance of active participation of the tour guides regarding the protection of the natural and cultural heritage, the identification of the deficiencies and mistakes in the places of visit and the actions to take, etc.