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New look BCIN launches with support from four original partners

One of the most important tools for retrieving bibliographic information on cultural heritage conservation has relaunched on a new platform. Offering access to more than 260 000 references from several leading institutions, the upgraded Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) is easier to search and comes with the features users expect from modern online library catalogues.

Visit: Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

On 29 November the Director-General, Webber Ndoro met with Ola Wetterberg, Director of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, Department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg and member of the ICCROM Council. Also in attendance were José Luiz Pedersoli, Manager of the Strategic Planning Unit and Valerie Magar, Manager of the Programmes Unit.

Meeting with representatives from UNESCO on African World Heritage

On 29 November ICCROM received a visit from Muhammad Juma, Chief of the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and Dawson Munjeri of Zimbabwe. Mr Munjeri has been appointed by UNESCO to lead a Working Group that will develop a new strategy for African World Heritage, as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Preventing Fires to save Lives and Heritage

Why does fire continue to be one of the primary risks to heritage? Is it only a technical challenge, or are there other factors that shape risk perceptions and influence both decisions and actions? PREVENT – Mitigating Fire Risk for Heritage, an international virtual workshop held from 15-19 November, offered participants a unique learning opportunity to examine fire risk for different types of cultural heritage up close.

Rethinking the future of Islamic Arts and Heritage

The 2021 edition of the course on Promoting People-Centred Approaches to the Conservation of Nature and Culture – also called the People-Nature-Culture or PNC course – concluded last month after an intense 10 weeks of bi-weekly three-hour sessions that ran from 16 August to 21 October 2021.

It brought together 21 participants from 18 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, who came from site management teams, protected areas, public institutions and administration, NGOs, religious communities and regional organizations.

Culture in the pursuit of Net Zero

As the UN Climate Change Conference COP 26 in Glasgow has drawn to a close with an action plan for decarbonizing being negotiated, tough challenges lie ahead. This is especially the case for those who are at the frontlines of the climate crisis. Cyclic disasters and conflicts fuelled by environmental stresses have displaced lives, livelihoods and cultures in many parts of the world. While science and technology are crucial for identifying clean energy options, cultural knowledge supplements the existing scientific data by connecting human knowledge and experience, helping people to adapt to a changing climate and cope with loss and displacement.

Gearing up for a busy two years after a successful General Assembly

The election of thirteen Council members and new funding to bolster ICCROM’s digital capabilities were some of the headline announcements to come out of the 32nd General Assembly, which also saw an ambitious programme of activities approved for 2022-23.

Sim-Ex – Simulating Emergencies to protect heritage

Could the devastating fire that destroyed Brazil’s 200-year-old natural history museum have been prevented, or Nepal’s historic temples been saved in the 2015 Gorkha earthquake? Disaster risk management specialists believe that if adequate risk reduction and preparation measures are put in place, the negative impacts of extreme hazard events can at least be lessened, if not fully avoided.
How can institutions improve their mitigation and preparedness measures, re-engage their local community and reduce disaster risk?

Becoming a RE-ORG coach

With the RE-ORG Method celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, a new guide is set to make it easier for museum professionals and institutions to run their own workshops on improving storage for collections. Offering a behind-the-scenes look at how the method is taught, it brings together a decade’s worth of insights gained from successful training initiatives in Canada, Belgium, Chile, India, Serbia, and Nigeria.

2021 ICCROM Award winner announced

Dr. Gamini Wijesuriya has been named this year’s recipient of the ICCROM Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field of cultural heritage both in his home country of Sri Lanka and internationally, and towards ICCROM’s development as an organization. The esteemed architect and archaeologist was honoured at an intimate ceremony in Rome on 26 October 2021.