The action focuses on protecting cultural heritage in the Western Balkans, by reinforcing the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. It aims to enhance the legal, technical and institutional capacities and frameworks of key stakeholders in the fight against illicit traffic of cultural property. It also seeks to raise awareness on the need and importance of protecting cultural heritage.
The programme, funded by the European Commission (DG NEAR / DG EAC), is implemented by UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice) and its Antenna in Sarajevo. Its inception phase started in June 2020 and the implementation period will indicatively last 36 months.
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