Disaster and risk management

Culture for Resilient Communities: ICCROM’s multi-partner programme

Why is disaster risk management a priority?

In 2013, we undertook a study to identify the key challenges to disaster risk management of cultural heritage.

Extreme weather events around the world are increasing both in spatial extent and frequency (see the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). The resultant losses to life and property including cultural heritage are a cause of growing concern.

The World Development Report of 2011 states that some 1.5 billion people are living in countries affected by conflict (see also data related to conflicts worldwide). Of equal concern is the cyclic nature of these conflicts, which increasingly involves intentional damage to cultural heritage.

Global economic change and an overall environment of reduced funding makes it difficult for cultural heritage institutions to incorporate long-term policies and programmes for risk management.

As a response, and building upon 50 years of experience in professional training, ICCROM has planned a 10 year multi-partner initiative to build capacities and strengthen communities in disaster risk management of cultural heritage.

This will be accomplished through a strategic effort involving actors from the fields of disaster risk management and cultural heritage. The aim is to reinforce policies, institutions and local communities in risk-prone regions (for details see programme document).

Ongoing activities:

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