International conference on cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction

Meeting or Conference
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA)) (SEAMEO)
18-20 Nov 2013
Thailand (Bangkok)
Windsor Suites Hotel

Background Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention. Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. It could be said that disaster risk reduction is about choices. Disasters often follow natural hazards and a disaster's severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment. In other words, how prepared are we. Each decision and action taken can either make us more vulnerable to disasters or more resilient to them. The conference is intended to provide updated clear information on the link between climate change and cultural heritage as well as practical steps that can be taken to alleviate negative impacts. In addition, while it is acknowledged that climate change is a major issue that impacts negatively on the environment and has subsequent consequences in relation to increased flooding, drought, rising temperatures, energy supplies, food supplies, social structures including migration, lack of resources leading to increased conflict, poverty, and other social ills; rarely is the impact of climate change on cultural heritage- both tangible and intangible- addressed. This conference aims to make explicit the link between climate change and the threat it poses to cultural heritage and to highlight the importance of adopting disaster risk reduction strategies. Moreover, without disaster risk reduction strategies in place, sustainable development is greatly affected. Conference Objectives

  • Share and exchange detailed information amongst participants on their experiences in the major disasters in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia between 2004 and 2011, especially the impact on cultural heritage, and the response and recovery actions being taken by them, especially in relation to climate change mitigation, alleviation, and adaptation for disaster preparedness in the area of cultural heritage. Best practices will be identified and adapted where appropriate.

  • Facilitate beneficial collaboration and strengthen links between Japanese and Southeast Asian professionals through the direct sharing of information on disaster risk reduction activities vis-à-vis cultural heritage protection

  • Promote a sense of social awareness, responsibility and leadership to bring about more sustainable development outcomes through the planning of appropriate measures in flooding disaster preparedness and response in relation to documentary and tangible heritage.

  • Publish a handbook or guideline of best practices adopted by individuals, institutions including museums, libraries, places of worship, schools etc., and local communities

  • Engage a wider public on the issue of disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage

The sub themes of the conference on cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction will focus on:

  • Disaster management

  • Risk assessment

  • Disaster preparedness

  • Disaster prevention

  • Disaster mitigation

  • Disaster alleviation

  • Disaster adaptation

  • Decentralization of DRR activities and the development of community centred programmes for cultural heritage incorporating traditional knowledge systems

Call for Papers

The format of the presentation should be for a 30 minute paper. Please submit the paper abstract no later than Friday 20 September 2013. Abstracts must be no more than 250 words, should indicate the sub-theme and be accompanied by personal bio-data of no more than 150 words. The submission of the full paper is requested by Monday 21 October 2013. Please use MS word (.doc and .docx formats) and Chicaco Manual of Style Author-Date System style for the references and bibliography typed with double spacing.

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Event fee

International Citizens: US$240, Thai Citizen: US$120

What is included in the event fee

Conference day meals, coffee/tea breaks, publications, transportation between Suvarnabhumi airport and hotel/conference venue, and insurance.

Target audience

The conference aims to provide all interested stakeholders an invaluable networking opportunity and will be of particular interest to Southeast Asian, East and South Asians, Japanese, and other international professionals working in the various fields of cultural heritage for its conservation and preservation, researchers/academics engaged in the conference theme, professionals such as museum curators/specialists, librarians, interested individuals working in the area of cultural heritage and also disaster risk reduction. The conference will be multi-organizational and multi-sectoral engaging policy makers, governmental and non-governmental professionals, interested corporate bodies as well as grassroots organizations and representatives.

How to register

Please register online. Please submit abstracts online by 20 September 2013.

For more information, please email SEAMEO SPAFA.


Climate Change, Information Management, Risk Identification & Assessment, Disaster Risk Management, Social Impacts & Social Resilience, Cultural Heritage
Cyclone, Drought, Earthquake, Flood
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