Pacific Training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Small Island Developing States
The Pacific community is vulnerable to natural disasters and extreme weather events triggered by climate change. The leaders of the Pacific community thus identify Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as one of the priorities at national level and for international cooperation.
The recent disasters such as Tropical Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu in March 2015 made devastating damages on infrastructure and economic activities across the sectors including the culture sector covering heritage sites and cultural institutions such as museums, archives and libraries. There is an increasing need and demand for building capacity for the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of the cultural heritage and cultural institutions as integral part of the national disaster management plan.
With this as background, a Pacific Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Vanuatu in Port Vila from 13 to 16 October 2015.
This training course will train officials from Pacific island states to learn best practices in the disaster risk management of cultural heritage and cultural institutions. It aims to build capacity of the Pacific SIDS for developing disaster management plan relating to cultural heritage and institutions and conducting the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) of the Culture Sector.