November 2011 - The heritage community may have succeeded in developing knowledge and methods in the area of heritage protection in emergency situations, but there is room for improvement in terms of knowledge sharing and practices among the various professional players who are faced with these situations.
In this context, the first international conference of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) will be held from 8 to 10 December, under the auspices of ICOM, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The National Museum of Korea will host 100 heritage, military and humanitarian professionals from around the world, who will gather for this unique event to discuss the theme: Protecting the World's Cultural Heritage in Times of Change: Emergency Preparedness and Response. The main purpose of the conference is to promote better cross-sector knowledge, practices and collaborative actions in this area.
Established in 1996, ICBS gathers representatives of the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and ICOM, which currently chairs the committee. Together, these representatives work to improve the means and methods of strengthening heritage protection in crisis situations following natural disasters, armed conflict or periods of political instability.
The impact of climate change, protecting heritage during military conflict, emergency response at local level, and international cooperation, will be among the topics discussed by conference participants in Seoul. Together, they will share ideas and present case studies in order to improve our understanding of the topic of heritage protection in emergency situations.
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