Section B > Module 1 > Background of the Field, Approaches and Principles

1.2 Disasters and their impact on cultural heritage
East Japan Earthquake (Board of Education, Hyogo Prefecture)


The section introduces the following issues in a broad manner, setting the context for the rest of the course. This section may be combined with the next section (Understanding Key Terminologies) and the previous sections (Cultural Heritage and the Urban Environment) in one session depending on time constraints.

  • Impacts of disasters on cultural heritage.
  • Critical challenges from global, national and regional perspectives.
  • Causes of disaster risks to heritage sites.

Teaching Strategies

Core Lectures

This section introduces participants to the type of disasters and their impact on cultural heritage. Recent disasters and their consequent impact to cultural heritage may be highlighted graphically, using iconic images and also statistical data to impress upon participants the need for disaster risk management. A lecture could be supported by a series of rapid-fire slide shows resulting in an active dialogue between the participants and course coordinators. This section could also provide an opportunity for participants to introduce their own experiences and for the instructor to introduce primary or secondary case studies.

Sample Lecture 1

Reducing Risks to Cultural Heritage in Kyoto

Lecture 1, International Training Course 2012
Instructor: Prof. Kenzo Toki


Sample Lecture 2

'Impact on Disasters on Cultural Heritage'

An excerpt from Significance of Disaster Risk Management and Core Principles
Lecture 3, International Training Course, 2012
Instructor: Rohit Jigyasu