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Cultural Heritage and Extractive Mining in Afghanistan: Towards Sustainability

UNESCO, funded by the World Bank Group through the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and in cooperation with DAFA, is working to ensure the preservation of the rich Afghan cultural heritage within the framework of upcoming developments in the mining extraction industry.

The video explores the Afghan authorities’ work at Mes Aynak – the world’s 2nd largest copper deposit and, a hugely important archaeological site – and UNESCO / DAFA’ s new activities in Hajigak-Bamiyan, where the Afghan government has a better chance of completing heritage assessment and protection before extractive mining starts.

The video highlights the archaeology and the outstanding natural beauty of the environment at Mes Aynak and Bamiyan, and interviews with key figures in the protection of Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage and in the extractive mining industry – both of them crucial for the future of Afghanistan.

This project is implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNESCO with the financial assistance of the World Bank and in cooperation with DAFA.


Video produced & directed by Ben Bruges – Impassion Afghanistan

Director of Photography – Nesar Fayzi
Music – Chris Hollis
Voice over artist – Peter Griffin


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