Disaster Risk Management resources

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Brazil Museum fire Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

By now you would have heard about the terrible fire that consumed the Brazil National Museum which destroyed the largest museum collection in Latin America. The emerging story is that poor maintenance and funding cuts played a large role into this disaster of cultural heritage. The tragedy in Brazil could just as easily happen in Southeast Asia – just this year, we already saw fires at the Jakarta Maritime Museum and the National Archives of the Philippines. In this light I want to share some resources in Disaster Risk Management for cultural heritage that might be useful reading.

Brazil Museum fire Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Brazil Museum fire Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

If you have any other resources to suggest, please leave a comment or send me an email and I will update the list.

Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

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via Bangkok Post, 09 October 2017: We’ve been getting heavy rains in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, with some floods already reported. Ayutthaya has previously been susceptible to floods, and there have been some mitigation measures put in place – it remains to be seen if they can last this year’s downpour.

Ayutthaya local authorities and officers from the Ayutthaya Historical Park have built a flood defence wall to prevent damage to archaeological sites.

Source: Wall built to protect Ayutthaya historical sites from flooding

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Call For Applications: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2017

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Applications close 5 April 2017

The Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan, is organizing the 12th International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Japan, from 28 August to 16 September, under the UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, in cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP and ICOM and supported by the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH).

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Call For Applications: International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2017