Background of the Training Programme
A thematic meeting on Cultural Heritage Risk Management was held in Kobe, Japan, in January 2005, as part of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR). The meeting adopted a declaration that recognized the close relationship between the protection of cultural heritage and socio-economic development. In March 2015, another international heritage expert meeting held within the framework of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Tokyo and Sendai recommended and integrated approach for disaster risk management for different heritage types; movable and immovable, also tangible and intangible, for creating better disaster resilient communities.
In response to the recommendations of these meetings, R-DMUCH has been acting as a focal point for organizing international research, training and information network in the field of cultural heritage risk management and disaster mitigation.
The past training courses has been participated by 116 participants in total from 53 countries.
The main objective of the course is to provide an overview of the various aspects of disaster risk management of cultural heritage. In particular, the course provides interdisciplinary training to:
- Undertake an integrated risk assessment of tangible and intangible, immovable and movable cultural heritage by analyzing their vulnerability to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards;
- Build an integrated system for disaster risk management of cultural heritage, incorporating prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery measures;
- Formulate disaster risk management plans for cultural heritage that correspond to the local / urban and regional disaster management and development plans and policies and humanitarian response and recovery mechanisms;
- To learn practical tools, methodologies and skills for disaster risk management of cultural heritage such as cost benefit analysis, value assessment, budgeting and communication methods with decision makers such as mayors.
- Reinforce the international scientific support network in order to build the institutional capacity needed to formulate comprehensive disaster risk management plans that are based on the characteristics of cultural heritage and nature of hazards in the national and regional context.
Target Audience of the Course
A. From Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management
- The Professional Staff Members of International, Regional, National, Provincial and Local Heritage Organizations, Departments from Government such as Department of Archaeology
- Cultural Heritage Professionals working in Heritage Sites and Museums in Public and Private Sector and caretakers/custodians of religious sites and communities.
- Urban Planners / Development Practitioners working in the field of management of cultural heritage.
- Researchers, Lecturers and Doctoral Scholars working in the field of Cultural Heritage from Academic Institutions and Research Organizations
- NGOs working in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and management
- Private Professionals working in the field of Cultural Heritage Conservation
B. From Disaster Risk Management
- Professional Staff Members from International, Regional, National, Provincial and Local Organizations and Departments from Government.
- Members of International, regional and national Humanitarian Response Agencies
- Urban Planners / Development Practitioners working in the field of disaster risk management.
- Researchers, Lecturers and Doctoral Scholars working in the field of disaster risk management from academic institutions and research organizations.
- NGOs working in the field of disaster risk management.
- Private Professionals working in the field of Disaster Risk Management.
C. From both Cultural Heritage Conservation/Management and Disaster Risk Management
- Combined skill set from A and B.
- Security and facilities staff from heritage sites and muse
Structure of the Course
The training course would include classroom lectures, field-based learning through site visits and practical demonstrations at the Cultural Heritage Sites and Museum in Kyoto, Kobe and Kumano, along with workshops, team projects, discussions and individual/group presentations.
The participants are supposed to work in multidisciplinary teams to learn the principles and practical know-how for balancing disaster management measures with those needed for conserving the values of cultural heritage. These would help towards disaster risk management of cultural heritage sites by taking into consideration the nature of cultural heritage and the socio-economic and institutional context of respective countries of participants.
During the course, R-DMUCH will also provide various kinds of academic support to the participants to help them develop risk management plans for particular cultural heritage sites in their home countries. Therefore each participant will select one cultural heritage site or museum in his/her respective country before attending the course.
There is no tuition fee for this course.
Participants from developing countries may be eligible for financial support for travel, accommodation and meal costs. For more information, please refer to the Guidelines for Application below.
Those interested in attending the course are invited to submit their application by filling in the form below and send all required documentation by email on or before 5 April 2017. Based on the submitted applications, the applicants would be shortlisted. Final selection would be made through a telephone interview with shortlisted applicants.
Applications should be e-mailed to [email protected]