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October 1, 2020

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International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is delighted to announce its support to the ICCROM International Course on Rethinking Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage Collections, focused in the Asia-Pacific Region.

In a time when cultural heritage institutions face greater risk of natural and man-made disasters, worsened by the global Covid-19 pandemic, this partnership between the two institutions aims at strengthening disaster response capacity for the protection of cultural heritage worldwide.

ICOM and ICCROM encourage museums professionals and institutions of the Asia-Pacific Region to apply to this training. ICOM will also recommend mentors to participate to the post-training follow-up.

The course will combine:

  • two weeks of online learning;
  • one week in-person, hands-on training in Manila, Philippines;
  • three-month post-training project with mentoring support.

During this last phase, participants will be required to develop a functional and coordinated disaster risk management plan for collections in a specific museum, library, archive, gallery, cultural centre or a place of worship.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • assess risks and develop realistic scenarios to guide risk reduction and preparedness for their respective collections;
  • liaise with key disaster risk management actors and stakeholders in their respective local contexts;
  • reduce disaster risk and enhance preparedness for heritage collections in and beyond their respective institutions;
  • provide coordinated and time sensitive first aid to heritage collections in the event of complex emergencies;
  • engage communities in disaster risk management of heritage collections and train volunteers; and
  • build local teams of cultural heritage first aiders.

A number of scholarships will be available for selected candidates, kindly provided by CHA-Korea for professionals from the Asia-Pacific Region, and by ICCROM for professionals from other regions. Scholarships will cover round-trip travel, accommodation and meals in Manila during the in-person workshop.

Please find here all the information for applying

If you are part of an ICOM member institution and are interested in being part of this programme, please contact