Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

July 22, 2016


Athar course announcement

Dates: 4 – 27 October 2016

Place: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Course Partners

  • ICCROM, through its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE
  • Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Background and Aims

In response to political upheavals and the subsequent need for emergency preparedness in the Arab region, ICCROM-ATHAR offers this course on “Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.” It is designed for heritage and other relevant professionals in the Arab region, and provides tools that support risk management before, during, and after a crisis.

The course is based on the achievements, success and experiences acquired in a series of international courses on “First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis” developed by ICCROM since 2010, first with emphasis on conflict situations and then addressing other types of complex emergencies.

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Regional Course – Promoting People-Centred Approaches

June 20, 2016


Course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture

Promoting People-Centred Approaches
Promoting People-Centred Approaches

Dates: 4 – 13 October 2016

Place: Lake Ohrid region (Albania/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)



This course is aimed primarily at Albanian and Macedonian experts from partner institutions working on the UNESCO-EU project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Albania. However, the opportunity is also provided to participants in the region who demonstrate that they are in the process of engaging communities in heritage management and that they wish to share their experience and strengthen their approaches. The course follows the model of the first course on ‘Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture’ implemented in October 2015.

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CollAsia Course – Conserving Textiles and Costumes, Guatemala

May 27, 2016


Conserving Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asian Collections


Dates: 24 October – 11 November 2016

Place: Antigua, Guatemala



Textiles and costumes are a vibrant part of the heritage collections in Southeast Asia. They attest to sophisticated traditional knowledge systems and complex worldwide trade relations, and have been intimately linked to issues of identity through time. Both historical collections and living heritage communities are custodians of ethnic, religious, military, historic and other collections of textiles and costumes. A shared understanding of material characteristics, manufacturing techniques, design elements, past and current uses, and accompanying social practices are the basis of sound conservation strategies. Continue reading…

LATAM Course on Stone Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis

May 5, 2016


Course on Observation, Documentation and Diagnosis - Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico

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Dates: 10 – 22 October 2016

Place: Archaeological Site of Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico



In 2010, an agreement was signed by ICCROM and INAH for collaboration in the LATAM Programme for conservation of cultural heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within this context, a series of activities have been carried out, focusing on stone heritage conservation. Continue reading…

Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting with the East

April 22, 2016


Paper Conservation in Latin America: Meeting with the East

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Dates: 9 to 25 November 2016

Place: Mexico City, Mexico


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Cultural Heritage Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region

April 15, 2016


Research, Analysis and Preservation of Archaeological Sites and Remains


Dates: 30 August – 29 September 2016

Place: Nara, Japan


In cooperation with:

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Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation

March 18, 2016

Workshop announcement

Capacity Building Workshop on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific

Dates: 18 – 30 September 2016
Place: University of Tsukuba, Japan

View of the Ogimachi village, Historical villages of Shirakawa-go and Okayama World Heritage site

Organized by the World Heritage Studies and the Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation (CPNC) at the University of Tsukuba, in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN, ICCROM and ICOMOS.

The purpose of the Capacity Building Workshops on Nature-Culture Linkages in Asia and the Pacific (CBWNCL) is to contribute to the World Heritage Capacity Building Programme led by ICCROM and IUCN, in consultation with ICOMOS and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in developing new approaches towards integrated conservation of cultural and natural heritage. These workshops will explore nature-culture linkages with focus on theory and practice in Asia and the Pacific Region.

Each year, from 2016 to 2019, the series of workshops aims to deal with the general topic of Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation. Heritage Conservation is an evolving practice, and one of the current debates focuses on identifying and recovering the connections between nature and culture sectors. This exchange has become instrumental for the interpretation, conservation and sustainable management of both natural and cultural heritage sites.

Visiting Japanese heritage sites will form a core component of the programme where participants will conduct practical work. Participants will be able to understand issues and explore approaches being adopted in the field. Continue reading…

Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

February 17, 2016

Course announcement

Eleventh International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage
10 – 26 September 2016, Kyoto, Kobe and Sasayama, Japan

Satellite image of hurricane

Organized by the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS/ICORP and ICCROM.

Supported by Toyota Foundation “Initiative Program”

Theme of ITC 2016: Protecting cultural heritage from climate change induced disaster risks

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. Continue reading…

Heritage Impact Assessments

January 22, 2016

Course Announcement

Phnom Sampeau

Dates: 17‐28 October 2016

Venue: Vigan, Philippine.



  • The City Government of Vigan



In recent years the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has examined a considerable number of State of Conservation Reports related to threats from various types of large‐scale development activities to the World Heritage properties. These activities include infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to the land use, some of which are insensitive or inappropriate. The Committee has also examined threats from excessive or inappropriate tourism. Many of these activities have had the potential to impact adversely on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including integrity and authenticity of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. In order to evaluate satisfactorily the potential impacts, the World Heritage Committee has suggested the State Parties concerned to conduct Heritage Impact Assessments. Impact assessment has been a tool used in evaluating impacts by other sectors widely and the time has come to adapt it to suit heritage sector. Continue reading…