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  • International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2016 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters

    Date: 10 - 26 Sep 2016
    Country: Japan
    City/State: Kyoto, Kobe and Sasayama

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International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2016

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters (UNESCO)

Type: Training Course Date: 10 - 26 Sep 2016 Location: Japan (Kyoto, Kobe and Sasayama)


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. Also there might be low frequency high intensity incidents of flooding that may trigger landslides along mountain slopes. Moreover climate change is resulting in higher temperatures are also resulting increased incidents of wild fires putting cultural heritage located in forested areas to greater risk 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. Critical challenges in integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction are further elaborated based on review of the international frameworks on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and their implications on policy at national levels. Therefore there is urgent need of mainstreaming cultural heritage protection in wider policy, planning and institutional systems for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Moreover disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation need to be integrated within existing site management systems.

World is facing unprecedented 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 hydro-meteorological hazards related to climate change.

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.

Considering these issues and challenges, the 11th International Training Course will give special focus on the Protecting cultural heritage from climate change induced disaster risks.


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 cultural heritage;
  • Build an integrated system for disaster risk management of cultural heritage, incorporating mitigation, adaptation, preparedness, response and recovery measures;
  • Formulate risk management plans for cultural heritage that correspond to the urban and regional disaster management plans and policies; and
  • Establish an international scientific support network for risk management of cultural heritage in order to build the institutional capacity needed to formulate comprehensive risk management plans that are based on the characteristics of cultural heritage and nature of hazards in the regional and national context.

Target Audience

  • Heritage Professionals
  • Disaster Risk Management Professionals
  • Urban Practitioners
  • Administrators and Policy Makers
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Post Graduate Researchers


Applications should be e-mailed to by April 6th (Wednesday), 2016 (JST).

Please see the Guidelines for Application for more details.

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