Beirut Heritage Initiative (BHI) was launched as an independent and inclusive collective, in favor of restoring the built and cultural heritage of Beirut. BHI was born out of necessity, to bridge a vital gap of funding and coordination that exists between the owners and residents of old structures stricken by the August 4 explosion, and the public departments essential to facilitate legal permits for reconstruction works; namely the Directorate General of Antiquities and the Office of Governor of Beirut.
BHI is organized around a team of experts and professionals with complementary skills, such as the Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut (OEA) and the Beirut Bar Association (BBA), and NGOs specialized in cultural heritage.
It is based on continuous communication between all of the involved stakeholders, such as
Beirut Built Heritage Rescue (BBHR2020), the National Heritage Foundation, Arab Center for Architecture, UN Blue Shield, Save Beirut Heritage, Live Love Beirut, Bebw’ Shebbek, Together Li Beirut, MARCH, RestART, and many other.
Beirut Heritage Initiative is composed of a coordination committee that will ensure the Initiative’s good governance on all technical, financial, administrative, and legal aspects. The committee liaises with relevant authorities: a representative from the Ministry of Culture, the Directorate General of Antiquities, the General Council of Museums, the Directorate General of Urban Planning (DGU), Beirut’s Governor and Municipality… The committee convenes representatives from each team: Technical and Operational Team (experts in traditional and modern heritage), Financial and resources team (ensured by the National Heritage Foundation), Legal Team (Beirut Bar Association), and the Communication Unit.
Finances & Transparency
To complete this colossal project, the financial management of the Beirut Heritage Initiative is handled by the National Heritage Foundation as follows: budgetary control, disbursements, and financial reports that are intended for donors and partners.
The National Heritage Foundation (FNP) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, established in 1996. The foundation is overseen by a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee, and it is committed, according to its constitutive status, to promote and mobilize all means of action to safeguard the Lebanese heritage.