International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
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The People, Nature, Culture course aims at contributing towards the new paradigm shift ‘from the care of heritage to that of pursuing the wellbeing of both heritage (natural and cultural) and society as a whole’. The goal is to strengthen understanding of people and communities as a core component of heritage management among those involved in heritage management, thus ensuring that natural and cultural heritage have a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future. This stems from an increasing recognition that heritage places are cared for, used and enjoyed by a vast array of people. Contributions to management, conservation and use of a heritage place come from a variety of sources, but primarily from heritage-sector practitioners, policy-makers within institutions, and representatives of communities and networks. Working with all these groups can be essential for ensuring that benefits are gained for society and for the heritage itself.

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The Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), through the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (CNCPC), and the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (IIE), in collaboration with the LATAM program, under the auspices of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property call for submissions for the: International Meeting on Criteria Evaluation Applied in Stone Conservation Treatments

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The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation by UNESCO 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. Relevant cultural heritage sites constructed in wood will be visited during the course.

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Over the past 25 years, interest for Japanese paper conservation tradition has been growing within the Latin America paper conservation community, as well as in Portugal and Spain. The main effort has focused on understanding Japanese techniques, materials, and tools.

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In the Asia and Pacific region, there are various forms of cultural heritage which are of great value from a global point of view. In order to safeguard this important heritage for future generations, it is necessary to train heritage professionals for proper investigation, analysis and conservation. ACCU Nara, in partnership with ICCROM and Bunkacho, has been organising training courses since 2000 on specific themes with a view to building the capacity of professionals involved with cultural heritage protection in the region. The curriculum of the 20th group training course is designed for young professionals and comprises comprehensive basic knowledge and techniques in the fields of investigation, conservation and management of wooden structures.

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Are you interested in learning how to safeguard cultural heritage in times of crisis? Targeted at professionals working in the fields of humanitarian assistance, civil protection, military and disaster risk management, and those working in the field of cultural heritage, First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019 offers an interconnected learning and field-application opportunity.

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There are more than 55000 museums in the world (Museums of the World directory by De Gruyter). Since the 1980s, collections and museums have been increasing exponentially. However, an ICCROM survey (2010) indicated that 60% of these collections worldwide are at risk because of overcrowding and poor storage conditions. In this situation, museums cannot ensure the protection of their assets, one of their fundamental functions, especially in emergency situations. With up to 90% of their collections hidden in the storage and unaccessible, museums are deprived of an essential resource for connecting with their communities.

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Heritage conservation is an evolving practice, and one of the current debates focuses on identifying and recovering the connections between nature and culture sectors. This exchange has become instrumental for the interpretation, conservation and sustainable management of both natural and cultural heritage sites. The purpose of the Capacity Building Workshops on Nature-Culture Linkages in Asia and the Pacific (CBWNCL) is to contribute to the World Heritage Capacity Building Programme led by ICCROM and IUCN, in consultation with ICOMOS and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in developing new approaches towards integrated conservation of cultural and natural heritage. These workshops, started in 2016, explore nature-culture linkages with focus on theory and practice in Asia and the Pacific Region. The visit to Japanese heritage sites forms a core component of the programme, where participants conduct practical work. Participants will be able to understand issues and explore approaches being adopted in the field.

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Cultural 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 Typhoon in West Japan in 2018, Earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Kumamoto in Japan, 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.

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Heritage collections bear testimony to our diversity, ingenuity, and history. They are a powerful resource for education, fostering creativity, social coherence, and well-being. It is our job to use and conserve them in the best possible way to achieve these goals.