[delete]ITC 2017, the 12th year

  • Dates of Course: 28thAugust to 16th September, 2017
  • Place: Kyoto, Kobe and Kumano, Japan
  • Sub Theme: Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters

The UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management – 12th INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE (ITC) on DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT of CULTURAL HERITAGE 2017 was successfully held for 3weeks from 29 August 16 September 2017 with 11 participants from Bhutan, Philippines, Turkey, Malawi, Malaysia, Brazil, Laos, India, France, Italy and Myanmar who were selected through rigorous selection process out of 235 applicants from all over the world. Participants were managers of cultural heritage, disaster risk management experts, decision makers and government officials involved in cultural heritage conservation or disaster management.

This year the ITC focused on theme “Towards Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Disasters”. During the course, the trainees have deepened an understanding of not only various aspects of disaster risk management of cultural heritage in Japan, but also the distinctive issues and the previous lessons which involve in the field of cultural heritage conservation and the disaster risk management in the world. All the lectures, site visits, exercises and workshops are performed by the worldwide experts.

From this year, Ritsumeikan University started to cooperate with the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH). So, The trainees could learn a study of risk management for both immovable and movable cultural heritage from last disasters in Japan and comprehensive countermeasures and approaches. As the details of the course, the trainees learned the disaster risk management of cultural heritage from the various kind of disasters, and the emergency response for movable cultural heritage through the lectures in the institute, the practical exercises in the Kyoto National Museum, and site visits on the temples and the Ponto-cho district in Kyoto. In addition, they learned about the flood disaster occurred in the Kumano which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the reconstruction effort, also a long-term recovery process in Kobe area from the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995.

On the final day, the International Symposium “Working Internationally toward the Integrated Protection of Cultural Heritage from Disasters” was held and approximately 75 international experts and audiences were participated. It could discuss potential roles of disaster risk management for cultural heritage from the global perspective, based on the experience and acknowledges which have been obtained from the past disasters. Three representative trainees made presentation through the symposium, and the presentations were developing their relevant efforts to the disaster risk managemanet for cultural heritage in their countries. We strongly expect their activities in the future. 

The training course is organized in cooperation with the UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOM, ICOMOS/ICORP and relevant institutions of the government of Japan. We will continue this outreach activities and dissemination of our research outcomes to the international society.

Co-organized by Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University and Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage In Cooperation with UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOM and ICOMOS/ICORP Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the Fiscal Year 2017


National Museum of Bhutan
Abner Omaging LAWANGEN
Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer,
Local Government of Tublay, Benguet, Philippines
Technical Expert,
Directorate of Gallipoli Historical Site

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