Connecting developing countries and international experts for more resilient cultural heritage in development projects: lessons from a World Bank technical deep dive

Minguez Garcia, Barbara and Newman, James (2018) Connecting developing countries and international experts for more resilient cultural heritage in development projects: lessons from a World Bank technical deep dive. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

The management and safeguarding of cultural heritage requires coordinated efforts from multiple levels of government and private stakeholders, particularly as prioritized sites and assets are at risk from natural hazards, including the growing threats posed by climate change. Key practices and concepts from disaster risk management (DRM) have proven useful in addressing these challenges, and Japan has emerged as a world leader in applying DRM to cultural heritage and tourism (CHT). An initiative by the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management Hub in Tokyo, in collaboration with the Tokyo Development Learning Centre (TDLC) and the Government of Japan, brought together key stakeholders, both from World Bank client countries and from the international community to Japan, to develop a technical deep dive (TDD) on Resilient Cultural Heritage. During the one-week program, multidisciplinary teams from nine countries and several organizations shared experiences and learnt from experts about how to protect their cultural heritage in the face of disasters and create resilience in their sites. As a result, each team diagnosed key challenges in their country and developed an action plan to engage lessons and expertise identified during the TDD to their current investment projects supported by the World Bank. Japan’s extensive experience in this field offers unique opportunities for learning, not only for developing countries but also for international organizations. Developed in collaboration with UNESCO, the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, and other partners, this initiative captured Japanese and global experience and expertise around six main themes: i) Fundamentals of Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage; ii) Management of cultural sites: from Preparedness to Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery; iii) Earthquakes and secondary hazards over traditional buildings; iv) Storms and secondary hazards: Climate Change adaptation; v) Community involvement to preserve cultural heritage; vi) Tourism and Culture: promotion and protection of heritage. This paper presents the experiences and lessons learned from this TDD delivered in Tokyo and Kyoto in April 2017. In addition to the technical learning, this initiative promoted knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration, aiming to strengthen the international network of practitioners in Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Minguez Garcia, Barbara
Newman, James
Languages: English
Keywords: resilient Cultural Heritage; heritage at risk; disaster risk management; Japan; tourism; Management of cultural sites; Post-Disaster Reconstruction; Earthquakes; traditional buildings; Storms; Climate Change; Community; promotion; protection
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
G. DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
G. DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 10:48
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Training Guide, ICCROM, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation

of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

The Resilient Cultural Heritage and Tourism TDD Summary Report is under preparation, to be published

under the DRM Hub, Tokyo: The World Bank’s Disaster Risk

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Center (2004-2017) [accessed October 30, 2017] Agency for Cultural Affairs,

Government of Japan – Cultural Properties [accessed October 30, 2017]

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 [online] [accessed October 30, 2017]

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