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UNESCO Chair on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management
International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2012
Date: 8-22 September 2012
Venue: Kyoto, Kobe, Tohoku (JAPAN)
Application Deadline: 31 May 2012 (Extended)
Theme of 2012 International Training Course
areas with settlements and their surrounding landscape are
irreplaceable and highly complex cultural resources that have evolved
over time and contain various heritage components such as traditional
housing, urban spaces, ecological features and intangible components
such as rituals and social activities that have sustained these areas
historic areas are becoming increasingly fragile due to unprecedented
transformation processes that have posted grave risks to their heritage
values and have increased their vulnerability to natural hazards such as
earthquakes, landslides and floods.
catastrophic disasters in recent years such as Mumbai floods of 2005,
Hurricane Katrina affecting New Orleans in 2005, Christchurch, Haiti and
Chile Earthquakes of 2010 and recent Great East Japan Earthquake and
Tsunami and Thailand Floods in 2011 have caused extensive damage to rich
cultural heritage located in these areas.
disaster recovery of cultural heritage is an extremely difficult and
long process that involves not only repair and restoration but also
revival and recreation of tangible and intangible heritage that is
closely connected to peoplesf lives. However at the same time, it is
also an opportunity to reduce risks of future disasters by putting in
place mitigation measures at policy, planning and techological levels
through an integrated approach aimed at comprehensive risk management
and sustainable development of historic areas. Moreover these should
effectively engage various stakeholders at the city, national, regional
as well as international levels for protecting cultural heritage in
historic areas during such catastrophic situations in the future. This
would be the best way for protecting cultural heritage for present and
these issues and rich lessons from long term recovery of the Great
Hanshin Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake of 1995 and the Great East Japan
Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, the theme of the 7th UNESCO Chair
International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural
Heritage would be ‘From Recovery to Risk Reduction for Sustainability of
If you are interested in participating in our training course 2012, please refer to the link below for further information.