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The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST)
This report describes a holistic approach to urban planning for sustainability and disaster risk reduction of historic settlements (an evolution from the conventional Master Planning approach). The idea is to mainstream culture (heritage) in larger urban development process. Cultural heritage in this context is understood in its wider scope (beyond monuments and museums) including evolution of human relationships with natural environment and includes tangible as well as intangible aspects. This is sometimes called authenticity.
The report was written at the 2015 UNESCO Chair Program on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risk Management, International Training Course at Ritsumeikan University Kyoto during the sessions on 16th September 2015, led by Professor Peter Head, Chief Executive The Ecological Sequestration Trust. This annual training course is one of the unique capacity building initiative that were initiated in 2006 following the recommendations of the second World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Kobe in 2005. The course brings together professionals from cultural heritage and disaster management fields to collaborate for developing disaster risk management plans for cultural heritage sites in their home countries.