President of the foundation for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Rabat

Le 14 février 2020, le Conseil d’Administration de la Fondation pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel de Rabat, présidé par Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Hasnaa, arrêtait un plan d’action très riche offrant aux acteurs du patrimoine culturel – institutionnels, société civile et experts – de multiples opportunités d’échanger les visions et de partager les savoirs. La volonté première de la Fondation étant de conjuguer la préservation du patrimoine culturel non au passé, mais au futur et toujours au pluriel.



The Safeguarding of Rabat’s Cultural Heritage:

A federated and future-oriented approach

The inclusion of Rabat “Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: Shared Heritage” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012, attests to the universal and exceptional value of this city. Indeed, its current profile is the result of a unique and fruitful dialogue between the ancient, Islamic, Hispano-Maghrebian and European past.

This recognition is also the result of a proactive approach to heritage protection and a management plan that has coordinated research, restoration, development and some 348 hectares corresponding to the listed property.

The preservation of a heritage is necessarily part of an ongoing process and a lasting approach. And it is in this approach that the dynamics developped by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, for the conservation and the development of the cultural heritage and this, throughout the Kingdom.

Placed under the Effective Presidency of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat follows this path.

The Foundation works to actively mobilize experts, public and private actors in order to perpetuate and transmit the historical, architectural, artistic, landscape, material and immaterial values of the cultural heritage of the capital of the Kingdom.

The year was particularly rich for the Foundation. In fact, it has deployed an ambitious action plan which, in addition to multiple scientific meetings, awareness-raising activities for the general public and analysis of the state of conservation of the cultural heritage, has included the launch of the process of updating the management plan of the listed property. This new plan, which heralds future rehabilitation work and highlights Rabat’s rich heritage, reminds us that heritage preservation is a matter of vision for the future.