Preservation of cultural heritage

17.11.2020 - Article

The Federal Foreign Office supports the preservation of cultural heritage in developing countries and protects German cultural heritage abroad.

Since 1981, Germany has been supporting the preservation of cultural heritage across the globe as part of the Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office.

Work at the upper patio of the citadel, Herat, Afghanistan
Herat, Afghanistan© DAI

Support is given to projects to preserve cultural heritage abroad and to protect German cultural heritage abroad, except in areas where Germans historically settled in Eastern Europe (for which the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is responsible).

The aim is to strengthen people’s sense of their own national identity and to foster a cultural dialogue in a spirit of partnership. The programme has become a highly effective instrument of Germany’s cultural relations and education policy.

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