International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage, Sept 10-26, 2016, Japan


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March 17, 2016

International Training Cultural Heritage Risk Management

WHAT: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage by UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, Ritsumeikan University
WHEN: September 10-26, 2016
WHERE: Kyoto, Kobe and Sasayama, Japan

The Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) is organizing the 11th International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage under the UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management. The 11th Training Course (September 10-26, 2016) will give special focus on protecting cultural heritage from climate change induced disaster risks.

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction for Cultural Heritage Sites

Climate change is increasing the frequency of disasters caused by hydro-meteorological events such as heavy rainfall, flash floods, cyclones, typhoons and storm surges. 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.

These hazards are adversely impacting peoples’ safety, livelihoods as well as values associated with cultural heritage. The increased vulnerability and exposure of cultural heritage to these climate related hazards and potential scenarios will impact various typologies of cultural heritages in the future.

In order to reduce these risks, appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies need to developed taking into consideration heritage values. It is also important to recognize many 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 against climate change induced disaster risks and integrate these in disaster risk management strategies.

Call for Applications: Deadline April 6th, 2016

There is no tuition fee for the course. The course organizers shall bear basic necessary costs for the participation of selected participants from developing countries.

Those interested in attending the course are invited to apply by submitting required information via email by April 6th, 2016. Each participant will select one case study site in his or her own country. Those who are affiliated with an organization working in cultural heritage or disaster management, and those who are able to disseminate knowledge gained during the course at local or regional level are preferred.

For more information on the Training Course and Application Guidelines, please see here.


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