UNESCO Chair Program on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2015
Organized by the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
In cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP
Supported by Toyota Foundation “Initiative Program”
Dates and Places
Dates of Course: 12th to 28th September, 2015
Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Tohoku area, Japan
Theme of ITC2015
Protecting cultural heritage from disaster risks due to earthquakes and floods
Earthquakes and floods cause immense damage to cultural heritage. North Italy earthquake of 2012 caused widespread damage to the historic city of Ferrara while earthquake in Philippines in 2013 damaged historic Bohol churches. Floods in Balkan region in 2014 affected numerous historic towns, 2011 floods in Thailand severely damaged the World Heritage Site of Ayuthhaya and 2010 floods in Pakistan affected many archaeological sites and vernacular settlements along River Indus.
World is facing increased rate of urbanization than ever before. Number of people living in cities equaled those in villages in 2007 and is rising ever since. Such a fast pace of urbanization accompanied by densification, poorly constructed buildings and overburdened infrastructure is putting tremendous pressure on heritage sites especially those located in urban areas, thereby increasing their vulnerability to earthquakes and floods. Moreover, Climate Change is contributing towards increased intensity and frequency of hydro- meteorological events such as heavy rainfall and cyclones. As a result, many heritage sites located in global hot spots such as coastal areas especially below sea level are exposed to risks of inundation greater than ever before. Also there might be low frequency high intensity incidents of flooding that may trigger landslides along mountain slopes.
While vulnerability of cultural heritage to earthquakes and floods is increasing more than ever before, there are countless examples of traditional knowledge evolved by communities through series of trials and errors that demonstrate that cultural heritage can be an effective source of resilience. Through this accumulated wisdom these communities have developed effective indigenous mechanisms of dealing with earthquakes and floods rather than trying to only resist them through technocratic measures Considering these issues and challenges, the 10th International Training Course will give special focus on the Protecting cultural heritage from disaster risks due to earthquakes and floods.
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by April 22nd (Wednesday), 2015 (JST).
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