"Jean-Luc Martinez calls for safe havens for antiquities, European centre to combat smuggling and reconstruction fund!"
Martinez also suggests establishing an endowment fund dedicated to the preservation of world heritage. This fund could “finance re-construction work at Palmyra or undertake research at the Mari archaeological site [in Syria]”, he says.
The Louvre director also proposed establishing a single European database of seized or stolen cultural property stolen, along with a European Monitoring Centre to combat the illegal trafficking of cultural goods within the European Union."It is usually said that [smuggling antiquities] represents 20% of Isil's funding but it is impossible to give a figure," Martinez says.
Earlier this year, the New York-based Association of Art Museum Directors, the international group that represents museum chiefs in the US, Canada and Mexico, issued a set of guidelines for safeguarding objects at risk of being damaged or looted. Under the new protocols, institutions under threat can request that member museums house the endangered works.