Heritage can be better protected from disasters while contributing to the resilience of societies. This module will address gaps in disaster risk management (DRM) practices, explore how to integrate disaster risk management with other management frameworks and promote inter-sectorial, inter-organizational collaboration to advance heritage concerns in the wider agenda for disaster risk reduction. Another priority will focus on gathering knowledge, developing tools and providing guidance for climate change mitigation and adaptation in World Heritage sites.
Synergies with other existing programmes in UNESCO, IUCN, ICCROM, ICOMOS and UNISDR (UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) will be coordinated. The programme will tightly focus around revising the existing resource manual on disaster risks, by coherently linking disaster risk management and climate change responses, and by integrating risk management to daily heritage management.
The programme will also be able to respond and provide short and targeted capacity building to State Parties in the aftermath of emergency situations.