UNESCO Call for Applications: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2017

Deadline: 5 April 2017

The Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan, is organizing the 12th International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Japan, from 28 August to 16 September, under the UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP and ICOM and supported by the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH).

In order to reduce disaster risks to cultural heritage sites and museums, it is important to develop integrated disaster risk management (DRM) plans based on comprehensive risk assessment. These plans should include various mitigation measures at policy, planning and technological levels, emergency preparedness and response procedures and post disaster recovery and rehabilitation measures. Moreover, the DRM plan should be well linked to the management systems of cultural heritage site/museum and the overall disaster risk management systems of the city or region in which particular cultural heritage is located.


The main objective of the course is to provide an overview of the various aspects of disaster risk management of cultural heritage. In particular, the course provides interdisciplinary training to:

  • Undertake an integrated risk assessment of tangible and intangible, immovable and movable cultural heritage by analyzing their vulnerability to disasters caused by natural and human induced hazards;
  • Build an integrated system for disaster risk management of cultural heritage, incorporating prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery measures;
  • Formulate disaster risk management plans for cultural heritage that correspond to the local / urban and regional disaster management and development plans and policies and humanitarian response and recovery mechanisms;
  • To learn practical tools, methodologies and skills for disaster risk management of cultural heritage such as cost benefit analysis, value assessment, budgeting and communication methods with decision makers such as mayors.
  • Reinforce the international scientific support network in order to build the institutional capacity needed to formulate comprehensive disaster risk management plans that are based on the characteristics of cultural heritage and nature of hazards in the national and regional context.

Eligibility Criteria

Target audience of the course:

  1. From Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management
    • The Professional Staff Members of International, Regional, National, Provincial and Local Heritage Organizations, Departments from Government such as Department of Archaeology
    • Cultural Heritage Professionals working in Heritage Sites and Museums in Public and Private Sector and caretakers/custodians of religious sites and communities.
    • Urban Planners / Development Practitioners working in the field of management of cultural heritage.
    • Researchers, Lecturers and Doctoral Scholars working in the field of Cultural Heritage from Academic Institutions and Research Organizations
    • NGOs working in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and management
    • Private Professionals working in the field of Cultural Heritage Conservation
  2. From Disaster Risk Management
    • Professional Staff Members from International, Regional, National, Provincial and Local Organizations and Departments from Government.
    • Members of International, regional and national Humanitarian Response Agencies
    • Urban Planners / Development Practitioners working in the field of disaster risk management.
    • Researchers, Lecturers and Doctoral Scholars working in the field of disaster risk management from academic institutions and research organizations.
    • NGOs working in the field of disaster risk management.
    • Private Professionals working in the field of Disaster Risk Management.
  3. From both Cultural Heritage Conservation/Management and Disaster Risk Management
    • Combined skill set from 1 and 2.
    • Security and facilities staff from heritage sites and muse

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download application form from the given website.

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