UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

Monday, 28 August, 2017 to Saturday, 16 September, 2017
Wednesday, 5 April, 2017

Call for Applications
Dates of Course: 28th August to 16th September, 2017
Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Kumano, Japan

Sub theme of ITC2017
Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters
Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, Nepal earthquake in 2015, Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. These disasters not only effect the immovable heritage components such as monuments, archaeological sites and historic urban areas but also cause damage to the movable components that include museum collections and heritage objects that are in active use such as religious and other artefacts of significance to the local community. Both these movable and immovable components are exposed to various hazards that necessitate appropriate measures to reduce disaster risks. Also in the aftermath of a disaster many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings need documentation, handling and storage similar to movable heritage collections. Therefore an integrated approach for movable and immovable heritage is needed for risk assessment of heritage sites as well as museums and its collections before, during and after a disaster situation. Limited availability of human and financial resources also calls for closer coordination between professionals and institutions dealing with heritage sites, museums and the external agencies. Moreover integrated disaster risk management involves appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce various risks to movable and immovable heritage components by taking into consideration their heritage values that are often interdependent. It is also important to recognize many examples of traditional knowledge evolved by communities through series of trials and errors which demonstrate that movable and immovable cultural heritage can be an effective source of resilience against disaster risks and integrate these in larger disaster risk management strategies.

Considering these issues and challenges, the 12th International Training Course will give special focus on the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters

Application Requirements
Go to: http://www.r-dmuch.jp/en/project/itc_2017.html
• Guidelines for Application
• Application form

Application Deadline
Applications should be E-mailed to dmuchitc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp by April 5th (Wednesday), 2017 (JST).
Please see the Guidelines for Application (linked above) for more details.

Previous Courses
For the detail of past years' International Training Course, please access to the page below: http://www.rits-dmuch.jp/en/project/itc/2016.html