Project

UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage
and Risk Management INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE (ITC) on DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT of CULTURAL HERITAGE 2015, 10th year,Ritsumeikan University

Organized by Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
In Cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, ICOMOS/ICORP
Supported by Toyota Foundation “Initiative Program”


ITC 2015, the 10th year

The 10th UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management - INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE (ITC) on DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT of CULTURAL HERITAGE 2015 was successfully held for two weeks from 12 to 28 September 2015 with 15 participants from Chile, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iran, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam who were selected through rigorous selection process out of more 166 applicants from all over the world. During the course, the trainees leant about various aspects of disaster risk management of cultural heritage in Japan and other parts of the world through lectures, site visits and workshops in Kyoto, and also leant about long-term recovery process in Kobe following the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995. Also, they could identify the potential role of cultural heritage in the three and half years of rehabilitation process following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 through practical workshops and field works in Minami-Sanriku Cho, Miyagi Prefecture. The training course is organized from the beginning in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, ICOMOS and relevant institutions of the government of Japan. In 2014, the Toyota Foundation “Initiative Program” has proposed to support our training course by providing the budget for three years. Participants will include managers of cultural heritage, disaster risk management experts, decision makers and government officials involved in cultural properties or disaster management. We will continue outreach activities and dissemination of our research outcomes to the international society.

Course Pics

Opening address given by the Vice Chancellor, Ritsumeikan University
Opening address given by the Vice Chancellor, Ritsumeikan University
The first Group Photo by the trainees and Lecturers of ITC2015
The first Group Photo by the trainees and Lecturers of ITC2015
Site investigation of wooden heritage buildings at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
Site investigation of wooden heritage buildings at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
Field work for Risk Assessment at Sannei-Zaka Important Preservation District and there surroundings
Field work for Risk Assessment at Sannei-Zaka Important Preservation District and there surroundings
Lecture at the Kaminoyama-Hachiman-gu shrine in Minami-sanriku-cho disaster affented area by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Lecture at the Kaminoyama-Hachiman-gu shrine in Minami-sanriku-cho disaster affented area by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Workshop at the Minami-Sanriku-Cho with local resource persons.
Workshop at the Minami-Sanriku-Cho with local resource persons.
Lecture by the former Participants about the activity of after the course
Lecture by the former Participants about the activity of after the course
Presentation of completion certificates to the participants
Presentation of completion certificates to the participants