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N°: 2706

Assistance for the development of a National Action Plan for Risk Management at World Heritage Properties in Chile

State Party
30,000 USD
Approved amount
25 Jun 2017
Decision Date
Process Step
Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso (Chile) during the fire of April 2014 | Image Source: Request from the State Party

Chile, and specifically its World Heritage Sites, is known for its vulnerability regarding natural disasters (earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic activity) and human-induced hazards (burglaries, fires, and others). The events of April 2014 bear witness to this: a devastating fire affected a large part of the City of Valparaíso, and an earthquake shook the regions of Tarapacá and Arica, making itself felt at the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpetre Works.

This vulnerability is the reason why a National Action Plan for Risk Management at World Heritage Sites is necessary. The Plan must allow for the development of strategies that lead to vulnerability reduction at these sites, and must provide site administrators the tools that they need for better preparedness and management regarding the risks of disaster that they face.

Specific objectives of the request
  1. To provide general training for administrators of World Heritage Sites, institutions in charge and public officials, on disaster risk management at World Heritage Sites, according to international standards as described in the World Heritage Resource Manual on Risk Management.
  2. To develop a Disaster Risk Management Plan for Chile’s World Heritage Sites. This implies to:
    1. Establish the objectives, breadth, audience, responsible agencies, and costs for the Plan.
    2. Identify and assessing disaster risks for each of Chilean World Heritage Sites.
    3. Develop prevention and mitigation programmes for each of Chilean World Heritage Sites.
    4. Develop a preparedness and response plan for emergency situations and possible response scenarios for emergency situations at each of Chilean World Heritage Sites.
    5. Develop a post-disaster recovery plan for each Chilean World Heritage Sites.

This request was funded outside International Assistance
thanks to a contribution by the Government of Germany.

Amount Requested: 30,000 USD
Type of Assistance: Cultural / Conservation
Modality: Technical Cooperation
World Bank: UMC
N°: 2706
Decision: Approved
Decision by: Chairperson
Approved amount: 30,000 USD
Decision Date: 25 Jun 2017