Disaster Risk Management

Disaster Risk Management and mitigation have become buzzwords in heritage conservation in recent years, especially in Southeast Asia where disasters can come in many shapes and sizes.

In this past decade, Borobudur was covered in a layer of corrosive ash following the eruption of Mount Merapi in 2010; more than 100 monuments in Ayutthaya were affected by the 2011 flood season; and Bagan was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2016, affecting some 400 temples. In 2018 fires struck the National Archives of the Philippines and the Jakarta Maritime Museum (which was destroyed).

Events like these highlight the need for proper Disaster Risk Management and preparation. If you are a manager for a cultural or archaeological site, here are some resources that might be useful as a starting point.

If you have any other Disaster Risk Management resources to suggest, please leave a comment or send me an email and I will update the list. Below is also a list of news stories related to Disaster Risk Management indexed in this site.

This page was originally adapted from a 2018 post following the fires that destroyed the Brazil National Museum.

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Disaster Risk Management News

The news reports indexed below usually link to external sites that were active at the time of posting; sometimes websites may be temporarily down or may have reorganised their underlying architecture or have even closed down – in these cases the links may not be available. Most of the news articles archived are in English, although when I am made aware of stories in this and other languages I try to index them.

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