Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from DisastersCultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, theft, terrorism etc. Recent examples include Earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Central Italy and Myanmar in 2016, Nepal earthquake in 2015, UK floods in 2015, Balkan floods in 2014 and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
Cultural heritage is of great value to communities worldwide. It connects us to the past, serves as a basis for our identity and as a source of knowledge. Furthermore, it can contribute to economic growth and sustainable development. However, heritage is vulnerable, especially to the impact of natural disasters.
Japanese paper is internationally recognized as a superior conservation material. However, outside of Japan, it is difficult to gain systematic, holistic knowledge and experience in Japanese paper and Japanese traditional techniques. In this course, a better understanding of the Japanese conservation tradition will be offered to participants from overseas. In addition, the course aims at providing opportunities to build bridges between Japanese and Western paper conservation and to encourage application of Japanese conservation approaches, materials and techniques to non-Japanese cultural heritage as well.
n many regions of the world, stone was historically the predominant material used for building and artistic purposes. Accordingly, the conservation and maintenance of architectural and decorative stone is a core activity in such regions. Factors such as climate change, pollution, use demands, lack of maintenance, and inappropriate past treatments present challenges for the conservation of stone buildings, structures and objects. In addition to these factors, the decline in traditional building techniques, craft practices and repair methods is also threatening our ability to sustain stone structures and objects into the future.
The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation at UNESCO’s General Conference in 1980, and has been organized in Norway every second year since 1984. It is directed towards professionals who have been working for some years within the field of wood conservation. The ICWCT covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics relating to both buildings and objects made of wood. Theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration. Interesting cultural heritage sites constructed in wood will be visited during the course.
In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, ICOMOS and UNESCO World Heritage Centre
We are seeking 20 participants to take part in an international course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches: Engaging Communities in the Conservation of Nature and Culture.
The CollAsia programme aims at conserving heritage collections in Southeast Asia through conservation training and research activities, to shape sound and sustainable conservation actions for the Asia-Pacific Region. The course objective is to enhance the preservation of moveable heritage, to encourage the well-informed use of materials and skills, helping those who care for moveable collections to make effective and wise choices in selecting materials for packing and storing objects and collections.
Training Course on Cultural Heritage Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region 2017: Preservation and Restoration of Wooden Structures. This course is jointly organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (Bunkacho); Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU); International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); and National Research Institute for Cultural Properties [Tokyo and Nara].
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.
Heritage Conservation is an evolving practice, and one of the current debates focuses on identifying and recovering the connections between the nature and culture sectors. This exchange has become instrumental for the interpretation, conservation and sustainable management of both natural and cultural heritage sites.