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Cultural Mapping Training Workshop in the Context of Karez Cultural Landscape


Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), United Nation’s Education Science and Culture (UNESCO) and Rogers Kolachi Khan and Associates (RKK) organized a 3-day training workshop on Cultural Mapping in the Context of Karez System Cultural Landscape on October 19-21, 2020 at BUITEMS Quetta. The training participants included representatives from various Balochistan Government organizations; Department of Culture, Tourism and Archives, On Farm Water Management Department, Agriculture Department, Agricultural Extension Department, Balochistan Rural Support Program, Forest Department and students from Archology and Anthropology Departments, University of Balochistan and BUITEMS, Quetta. During the training session, participants exercised many cultural mapping activities on desk and day long field activity in Karez community. During the closing ceremony of the workshop, Chairman PCRWR Dr Muhammad Ashraf interacted with the participants of the training and listened to the key messages they have acquired during the training workshop. Speaking on this occasion, UNESCO Country Director for Pakistan, Ms Patricia McPhilips stressed on the importance of the integration of Science and Culture. She also advised the participants of the training to use their learning experience of cultural mapping in their area of work. Director Archeology, Department of Culture, Tourism and Archives, Mr. Abdul Rehman Langho remarked that Balochistan is full of archeological heritage and Karez water system is one of them. He encouraged the participants to use this training opportunity for cultural mapping of respective heritage assignments of the participants.