Utilizing the UNESCO
recommendations for academic networking and
dialogue to foster mutual respect for cultural and
natural heritage, PUSH works to break down cultural
prejudices by building greater understanding of the
region's shared heritage as a means to respect and
appreciate the region's diverse cultures and
advance peace in the region.
Furthermore, by identifying important sites of
natural and cultural heritage, PUSH brings
international attention to the rich heritage of the
region in need of preservation.
The PUSH project is not without obstacles.
Developing mutual respect for the cultural heritage
of the 'other' in the midst of conflict is not
easy. There is an undeniable need for increased
dialogue and tri-lateral coordination concerning
the shared heritage of this important region.
The project is funded by the European
Union's Partnership for Peace Programme and
the Norwegian Foreign Ministry with additional
support provided by the Beracha Foundation
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