Heritage Disaster
Disasters can affect the built heritage in many ways. This section of the website aims to consider a number of aspects with the intention of offering an increased awareness of the issues in response to Paragraph 9 of the ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training in the Conservation of Monuments, Ensembles and Sites.
The 1993 Guidelines suggests that:

Training in disaster preparedness and in methods of mitigating damage to cultural property, by strengthening and improving fire prevention and other security measures, should be included in courses.

Along with the rest of the Guidelines, COTAC has been alert to the Paragraph 9 need for some time; previously arranging its 2014 Annual Conference on the theme “Fire and Flood in the Built Environment: Keeping the Threat at Bay”, with the Conference Reports and Presentations being offered under the ‘Menu; Conferences; 2014’ tab.

On the international front, the 2018 report “Safeguarding Cultural Heritage from Natural and Man-Made Disasters A comparative analysis of risk management in the EU” responded to a request made by the Council of the European Union to the European Commission to conduct a study on “Risk assessment and prevention for safeguarding cultural heritage from the effects of natural disasters and threats caused by human action”. This in depth study was sought within the framework of the “Work Plan for Culture (2015-2018)1 – Priority area B cultural heritage”.

The 2018 EC Disasters Report is available to download through the Publications Office of the European Union.

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Fire Loss and the Built Heritage

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