International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

When a major disaster strikes, urban search and rescue (USAR) teams, under the coordination of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), are deployed within several hours. In these first moments, especially when disaster debris is removed, the affected region stands to lose most of its significant cultural heritage. Due to the extensive loss of cultural heritage during these first stages of a crisis, ICCROM has been striving to promote the integration of cultural heritage first aid into existing international guidelines for humanitarian aid and search and rescue operations.

On 8 August, a delegation of Indonesian professionals visited ICCROM to discuss the planned World Heritage nomination of Bogor Botanic Gardens.

Around 500 professionals and students from the heritage sector and beyond came together at Brazil’s National History Museum to participate in the international seminar Heritage on fire: who’s next? - Fire risk management for cultural heritage (26-28 June, Rio de Janeiro), which addressed the pressing issue of how to effectively reduce cultural heritage losses to fire.

The 3rd edition of the World Heritage Site Managers' Forum was held from 26 June to 4 July 2019, in Baku, Azerbaijan, in conjunction with the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee. Over 60 site managers coming from 41 different countries participated in the Forum, to exchange knowledge and widen their networks. The host country of Azerbaijan provided financial support to 25 participants from SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and LDCs (Least Developed Countries) that greatly enhanced the diversity and balanced representation at the Forum.

Within the framework of ICCROM's First Aid and Resilience Programme, a national workshop on building disaster resilience will take place between 10-12 July in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The time to change behaviours, mindsets and approaches is now. This was the spirit behind discussions that took place on 21 June in the Italian city of Teramo, between a diverse group of University Rectors and cultural heritage experts representing 19 different African countries. The African University Rectors Conference, held during the “II International Forum of Gran Sasso” was an opportunity to take a fresh look at heritage protection in Africa from the point of view of prevention and the creation of opportunities for the next generation.

The first international course on “Conservation and restoration of wooden architecture” has been nominated as one of the best museum educational projects at “Intermuseum ‘19”, the annual all-Russia museum fair.

ICCROM and its partners in Ukraine are sending out a call for papers to participate in the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Restoration of architectural monuments under the conditions of high level of subsoil waters and increased interior humidity” which will take place on 24-25 October 2019 at the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve.

The two-week training workshop was part of the project "Preventive conservation and enhancement of the collections of the Manjakamiadana Palace at the Palace of Andafiavaratra" conducted by UNESCO at the request of the Ministry of Communication and Culture of Madagascar and funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Japan.

On the occasion of ICCROM’s upcoming Eighth International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC), to take place Rome later this year, an informal meeting was held on 29 May to celebrate the long-lasting partnership between ICCROM and its Italian partners.