Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in the Asia - Pacific Region 2007: preservation and restoration of wooden structures
Dates: 18 September to 19 October 2007
Venue: ACCU Nara - Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office, Nara City, Japan
Additional venues: Facilities of cooperating organizations; sites undergoing preservation and restoration, etc.
In cooperation with Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; Nara Prefectural Government; Nara Municipal Government; and, the Japanese Association for Conservation of Architectural Monuments (JACAM)
The countries in the Asia-Pacific region are blessed with a wealth of cultural properties, and most of them have outstanding value in the world. However, many Asia-Pacific countries urgently need to preserve, restore, and manage those irreplaceable cultural properties through appropriate data analysis as well as thorough investigation and research in order to pass on them to future generations. In response to such a situation, ACCU has been continuously implementing a number of programmes on preservation and restoration of cultural heritage since 2000 under the joint auspices of ICCROM and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan, for the purpose of building professional capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. This training programme aims to provide participants with the latest methods and techniques on research, conservation, restoration, and management of historic wooden structures.
The objectives of the course are to:
provide participants with a knowledge of recording/documentation and analytical methods for wooden architecture;
- provide participants with a knowledge of principles and methodologies for preservation of wooden structures;
- provide participants with a practical knowledge of technology/techniques and hands-on training for preservation and restoration of wooden structures;
- provide participants with a knowledge of maintenance, utilization, and risk management of historical wooden structures;
- provide participants with an opportunity to network with colleagues from the region and share experiences.
- Introduction to Wooden Architecture in Japan
- Introduction to Asian Wooden Architecture
- Conventions and Charters Relating to Cultural Heritage
- Survey Methods on Conservation of Vernacular Houses and Historic Towns
- Approaches to Conservation and Maintenance
- Design and Implementation of Conservation Projects
- Management and Utilization of Wooden Structures
- Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage
Practical Training and On-site Lectures
Practical Training on Old (Historic) Wooden Structure Conservation Project Sites
- On-site Lectures at the Facility for Wood Conservation
- Case Study on Conservation, Restoration and Utilization (a three-day study tour)
Other works relating to the preservation and restoration of architectural structures
Presentation and Discussion
- Presentations on the present status of preservation in each country and exchange of views
- Recapitulation of the Training Session
- Additional presentation and discussions will also be included in the agenda
The course is offered to the following 37 signatory countries listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (see below). For application, UNESCO National Commissions or UNESCO liaison offices need to submit the following documents required for those individuals nominated no later than 6 July: letters of recommendation written by the head of the organization to which a nominee belongs; a profile of the nominee; a report on his/her major achievements.
*A total of 16 people will be selected from the nominees as participants in the training course.
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rep. of Korea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga ,Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam
- Qualification Requirements
Applicants should be:
- those who are experts or equivalent and 45 years old or younger, who are engaged in the preservation, restoration or management of wooden buildings and who can make effective use of the results of the training session upon returning to his or her home country;
- those who have a good command of English, the working language for all lectures, so that they can deliver presentations and write reports from the training session (ACCU Nara Office and ICCROM shall be allowed to utilize all contents of presentations and reports, including drawings and photographs, for future publication and cultural heritage protection programmes);
- those who can attend the entire training programme;
- those who can submit all of the required documents (i.e. a recommendation by NATCOM, and reports) within the deadlines outlined;
- those who will most likely continue exchanging information and interacting with ACCU after returning to their home countries;
- those who were not previous participants in training courses organized by ACCU Nara Office (however those who have participated in the International Youth Exchange Programs can apply for this programme).
Notification of screening results
After consultations with the other organizers, ACCU will select 16 people (one person per nation only) around mid-August from among all applicants. After selection, the UNESCO National Commissions from each country and successful applicants will be informed of the screening results.
Certificate of completion
Each trainee will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course.
English will be the working language throughout the course.
Documents for Application
- Application form;
- Report Relating to Cultural Heritage Preservation. The report should be written by the applicant and should mention present and previous work engaged in by the applicant. This report will be weighted during selection of the participants;
- Letter of Recommendation by NATCOM;
- Letter of Recommendation by the Attending Chief Official (Annex 1);
- Documentation Indicating English Proficiency (if obtained).
Expenses during the course shall be borne by ACCU Nara, as follows:
- Travelling expenses:
Each of the participants (except those from Australia, Republic of Korea and New Zealand) will be provided with an economy-class return air ticket from the nearest international airport from their residence to Kansai International Airport, and transportation fees between Kansai International Airport and Nara.
- Living expenses:
Participants will be provided the basic living expenses incurred during the training course from 18 September to 19 October, 2007. Arrangements for accommodations will be made by the Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office, Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU Nara).
Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office,
Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU Nara Office)
Nara Prefectural Government “Horen” Office,
757 Horen-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture 630-8113
E-mail: nara (at) accu.or.jp
Application deadline: 6 July 2007