Document / Publication
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
International Council on Monuments and Sites, International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICOMOS - ICORP)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - France (UNESCO)
This publication aims to raise the awareness of World Heritage managers and administrators of the real extent of risks associated with disasters. It provides them with a sound methodology for identifying, assessing and then reducing these risks, with a view to preserving their heritage and ensuring that it contributes – to its full potential – to the sustainable development of their communities.
Its objectives are to: (i) help the managers and management authorities of cultural and natural World Heritage properties to reduce the risks to these properties from natural and humanmade disasters; (i) illustrate the main principles of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for heritage and a methodology to identify, assess and mitigate disaster risks; (i) explain how to prepare a DRM plan based on this methodology; (i) demonstrate that heritage can play a positive role in reducing risks from disasters and so help to justify the conservation of World Heritage properties; (i) suggest how DRM plans for heritage properties can be integrated with national and regional disaster management strategies and plans. It is primarily aimed at site managers, management teams and the agencies and organizations that have a direct stake in the management of a heritage property. It can also be adapted and applied by other stakeholders, depending on their
mandate and responsibilities.
The publication of the series is a joint undertaking by the three Advisory Bodies of the World Heritage Convention (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as the Secretariat of the Convention.