The Tajwal Project organized a series of monthly outdoor group activities aimed at engaging various community groups in raising awareness about Syria’s heritage and its preservation.

During a 10 year period, our team conducted various documentation and research projects, action plans, and feasibility studies to foster community engagement. Our activities included collaboration with both the private and public sector inside of Syria, as well as other heritage organizations and private travel companies from around the globe.

Field Activities

Monthly trekking and camping events: 2004 – 2011

Tajwal conducted regular field events including trekking and village-to-village camping. Our field events were planned, executed and evaluated in collaboration with the destination community.

Our objective was to spread knowledge about our country and its diverse culture.

Destinations were chosen to highlight Syria’s off-the-beaten track cultural heritage resources. All monthly events were all planned and led in conjunction with members of these communities and provided an opportunity to acquaint Syrians and non-Syrians with the local heritage and culture. The program met with significant success at the onset of 2011 and, as a result, we have a large data archive of the different areas visited.

Due to the tragic events currently unfolding in Syria, the Tajwal project has been limited and therefore postponed until a suitable time post-conflict.

Map Of Tajwal Events Between 2004 and 2011
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Research and Studies

Throughout the period between 2004 and 2011, our team collaborated with the public and private sector and conducted various feasibility studies and action plans. One of which was the creation of the first guide to Syria’s natural reserves (Eco-Tourism Guide to Seven of Syria’s Natural Reserves) in collaboration with the Syrian Environmental Association and with the participation of the indigenous people of the natural reserves.

The following are some of the subjects included in our studies until 2011:

  • Ebla “Tell Mardikh” village, Idlib region: A project in collaboration with the Syrian Trust for Development and the Syrian Chamber of Tourism.

  • Al Forunloque Natural Reserves, Governorate of Latakia: A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, the Syrian Environmental Association, and the Reserve Management Team.

  • The Cedar and Fir Natural Reserve, Governorate of Latakia: A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, the Syrian Environmental Association, and the Reserve Management Team.

  • Abu Kobais Natural Reserve, Hama region, Al Forunloque Natural Reserves: A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, the Syrian Environmental Association, and the Reserve Management Team.

  • Sahl Al Dao, Palmyra, Homs: A project in collaboration with Al Ard Organization, the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, and the United Nations Development Programme.

  • Al Domneh Natural Reserve, Governorate of Sweda: A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism and the Syrian Environmental Association.

  • Jabal Abdel Al Aziz Natural Reserve, Hassakeh Region:  A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, the Syrian Environmental Association, and the Reserve Management Team.

  • Um Al Tyour Natural Reserve, Lattakia region:  A project in collaboration with the Syrian Chamber of Tourism and the Syrian Environmental Association.

  • Abu Manjal Natural Reserve, Palmyra, Homs Region:  A project in collaboration with the Syrian Trust for Development, the Syrian Chamber of Tourism, the Syrian Environmental Association and the Reserve Management Team.

Our Current Activities

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Mirath Program

Started in late 2011, Mirath is a program that monitors and evaluates the cultural heritage situation in Syria and the greater Middle East. Mirath is dedicated to cultural heritage as a tool to bridge people’s differences and to contribute to peace building.

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Our vision for post conflict

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The Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Project is a community-based tourism network (CBT). A program that supports the development and exchange of information, facilitates stakeholder cooperation and contacts, improves the quality of development,  and performs advocacy activities for cultural heritage preservation.

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About Us

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Syria Discovery Initiative

Syria Discovery was found in 2004 by a group of Syrian travelers from different backgrounds and walks of life who came together to advocate for preserving Syria’s cultural heritage and for the right of the local community to preserve and manage their cultural resources.

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Tajwal Team

Bisher Alissa
Bisher AlissaDeveloper
Rajaa Sara
Rajaa SaraTeam Leader
Amir Orabi
Amir OrabiLogistics Officer
Ahmad Hasan
Ahmad HasanArcheiver