In 1998, AFRICA 2009 was introduced at a regional meeting of African cultural heritage professionals held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This programme was a joint effort of Africa cultural heritage organizations, ICCROM, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and CRATerre-EAG. It was rooted in the notion that the problems facing conservation in Africa must be addressed not only through technical solutions, but also through better taking into account the relationship between the immovable heritage and its relevant communities and overall environment.
For more information visit the AFRICA 2009 website.
In 2003 ICCROM and SEAMEO-SPAFA launched the CollAsia 2010 Programme, a seven-year programme to improve conservation conditions of Southeast Asian collections. Designed in consultation with institutions and professionals in the region, CollAsia 2010 was a concrete response to the severe shortage of training and networking opportunities for professionals working with movable heritage in Southeast Asia. Thus far, thanks to CollAsia 2010, over a hundred professionals working in museums, libraries and archives around Southeast Asia have participated in the programme – gaining access to new resources, learning essential skills, while getting the opportunity to network and exchange with colleagues in other countries in the region and beyond.
Media Save Art
In 1990 ICCROM launed a major awareness campaign called Media Save Art which sought to bring heritage professionals and the public together. For a five-year period a series of pilot activities targeted various groups: teachers, tour guides, the media and sponsors.
Find more information about the programme in the following report.
In the 1970s, many factors assailed the collections in African museums causing deterioration and loss, such as insect infestations, fires, theft, flooding and neglect. At the same time, lack of trained personnel in these museums impeded the solution of these problems. In this context, ICCROM created the PREMA (PREVention in Museums in Africa) programme in 1985 which for 15 years trained museum staff in preventive conservation of collections and set up a network of African professionals capable of undertaking the task of training and sensitizing museum professionals.
For more information visit the PREMA website.