Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage

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Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage (APLH)
التجمّع للحفاظ على التراث اللبناني
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Founded 2010
Founder Pascale Ingea
Josef Haddad
Jad Mhanna
Type NGO
Location
Area served Lebanon
Key people - Pascale Ingea
(President)
- Marie-Josée Rizkallah
(Vice President)
- Raja Noujeim
(Officer)
Website Official website

The Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage or APLH is a cultural heritage, non-governmental organization based in Zouk Mosbeh, Keserwan District of Mount Lebanon, Lebanon.[1][2]

The association was originally formed in March 2010 by a group of activists on Facebook, officially registered with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities on 14 July 2010. The permit number of the association is 1764. The association aims to preserve and promote historical and cultural heritage within Lebanon, which has come under increased threat of destruction through rampant urbanization.[3]

As one of its first activities, the association organized a march and invited fellow activists Save Beirut Heritage to join the event in Gemmayze in September 2010 to protest and point out all the sites where heritage buildings had been destroyed.[4][5] This candlelight march was followed by several initiatives, which included petitions, various awareness events and participation in conferences. In 2011, the APLH organized a billboard campaign in Beirut with help from Pikasso, L'Hôte Libanais, and Mr Farid Chehab, the founder of advertising agency H&C Leo Burnett. During the launch of the campaign in Beirut, the APLH president Pascale Ingea represented Lebanon at an international forum called “Urban Transformations, Creative Ecosystems and Social Cohesion, European Cultural Policies between Crisis and Development” in Ravello, Italy. The APLH also launched the idea of a community service day, to encourage citizens to be more environmentally responsible. A cleaning day was organized at the Maameltein Roman bridge which was covered by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation on its program "Helwa Beirut". In 2012 the APLH saw most of its efforts focused on public demonstrations to protest and protect such archaeological sites as the Roman Hippodrome of Beirut and site BEY194, the alleged Phoenician port of Beirut.[6][7]

The current president of the association is Pascale Ingea with Marie-Josée Rizkallah as current vice-president, Josef Haddad as current secretary and Mireille Haddad as current accountant.[8] Along with Ingea and Haddad, Jad Mhanna was also a founding member.

Interviewed by the Daily Star (Lebanon), Ingea stressed the non-political nature of the association, saying “The ministry is doing a lot of really good work: It’s not necessarily that they don’t want to do good, but there’s a lot of politics involved”, adding “The contractors have a lot of power.” Speaking of the challenges facing the conservation of Lebanese heritage sites, she said “Culture must lead to the development of the city: In any other country of the world it is unacceptable just to cut out archaeology. It’s important that we Lebanese know that we have voices, and that we recognize that we cannot allow our history and our identity to disappear in this way.”[6]

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