Managing Disaster Risks in UNESCO Designated Sites

When, local time: 
Monday, 25 September 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 7:00pm
Croatia, Jelsa, Island of Hvar
Type of Event: 
Working group/Expert Meeting
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The workshop intends to bring together site managing bodies and emergency responders from Croatia in order to provide them with knowledge on current thinking, methods and tools available for identifying, assessing and managing multiple natural-derived risks and developing preparatory measures to mitigate their impact and reduce damages both at human and material levels in the UNESCO designated sites (World Heritage properties and Biosphere Reserves) in the country.

The methodology to be used is based upon the World Heritage Manual on disaster risk management. Using the Manual and analysing the specific context of the selected sites, a broader framework will be developed through an interdisciplinary approach.

The programme will combine in-class and in-field exercises, using the World Heritage site of “Stari Grad Plain”, a Cultural Landscape property located on the Adriatic island of Hvar, as a case study for group work. In addition, a specific session will be dedicated to simulation exercises on the participants’ sites; accordingly, each participant is kindly invited to prepare in advance an informal assessment of risk preparedness and existing risk reduction measures in place at her/his site of competence, in order to present it and further develop it based on the knowledge gathered during the workshop.