Project

UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage
and Risk Management INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE (ITC) on DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT of CULTURAL HERITAGE 2016,11th year, Ritsumeikan University and 10 years Anniversary Symposium of the UNESCO Chair International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage/ Accomplishing Report of the TOYOTA Foundation 'Initiative Program'

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


ITC 2016, the 11th year

The 11th UNESCO Chair Programme on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management - INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE (ITC) on DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT of CULTURAL HERITAGE 2016 was successfully held for two weeks from 10 to 26 September 2016 with 15 participants from Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Morocco, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil and Chile who were selected through rigorous selection process out of more 150 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. The trainees could discuss the potential role of cultural heritage in the recovery process following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 through practical designing workshops. From the field work in Sasayama preservation district, the trainees could understand practical process of development and conservation by local community stakeholders` involvement and engagement. On 10 years anniversary symposium, 7 former trainees made presentation of current activities which has been developed from their case study project on during ITC. 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

The lecture by Cultural Asset Division, Kyoto Prefecture
The lecture by Cultural Asset Division, Kyoto Prefecture
Site visit of Kiyomizu-dera conservation place
Site visit of Kiyomizu-dera conservation place
Site visit for Kiyomizu-dera World Heritage site
Site visit for Kiyomizu-dera World Heritage site
Site visit of Preservation District (Citizen Hydrant)
Site visit of Preservation District (Citizen Hydrant)
Site visit of Ponto-cho where fire damaged
Site visit of Ponto-cho where fire damaged
Field work for risk assessment at Ponto-cho
Field work for risk assessment at Ponto-cho
A lecture at R-DMUCH (Climate Change)
A lecture at R-DMUCH (Climate Change)
Discussion at R-DMUCH (Emergency response)
Discussion at R-DMUCH (Emergency response)
The lecture of firefighting facilities at Ninna-ji WHS
The lecture of firefighting facilities at Ninna-ji WHS
Testing of fire prevention system at Ninna-ji WHS
Testing of fire prevention system at Ninna-ji WHS
Discussion with local community`s stakeholders
Discussion with local community`s stakeholders
Workshop for designing recovery process
Workshop for designing recovery process
Discussion for designing recovery process
Discussion for designing recovery process
Final presentation of case projects and discussion
Final presentation of case projects and discussion
Farewell and certification
Farewell and certification
A group photo of 10 years` anniversary symposium
A group photo of 10 years` anniversary symposium