Following the earthquakes that hit the region of Emilia in Northern Italy since May 20 2012, UNESCO has dispatched an urgent technical mission with the objective of assessing the overall situation at the affected World Heritage Properties. The mission, which was composed of Mr. Giovanni Boccardi (World Heritage Centre), Professor Daniele Pini (University of Ferrara) and Prof. Claudio Margottini (ISPRA), was also aimed to evaluate the current risks related to the evolution of the seismic phenomenon and collect information on the strategy put in place by the competent Italian authorities to mitigate these risks and plan for the recovery.
The Mission took place on 7 and 8 June 2012 and visited the three World Heritage properties affected by the earthquake, i.e. 1) Mantua and Sabbioneta; 2) the Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena; and 3) Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta.
Giovanni Boccardi (CLT/WHC)