ICOMOS Statement on Safeguarding Yemen’s cultural heritage during the on-going armed conflict

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In the face of the escalating armed conflict and military intervention in Yemen and the ensuing growing humanitarian emergency, ICOMOS expresses its continuing deep concern for the protection of cultural property in Yemen at risk from the hostilities.

 The cultural heritage of Yemen is a unique and irreplaceable witness of its rich and diverse history. Damage to it represents an irretrievable loss to the cultural heritage of all peoples in the world.

Yemen as one of the ancient centres of civilization of the Middle East and North Africa is home to some very significant ancient and Islamic sites.

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ICCROM's Course on First Aid To Cultural Heritage In Times Of Crisis

Is it possible to reduce the damage to cultural heritage in the event of a natural disaster or an armed conflict?

Offered within the framework of the Disaster Risk Management programme, this hands-on training of ICCROM is aimed at preparing proactive cultural first-aiders who will have the ability to assess risks to cultural heritage and reduce the impact of such events.

 

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Cultural HELP 2014- ICORP Conference on Cultural Heritage and Loss Prevention

 

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6 and 7 October 2014

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Porto- Portugal 

Recent disasters around the world have shown that, in addition to human losses, cultural heritage losses are also considerable. It is without question that minimizing human losses is the first and foremost priority when developing disaster mitigation strategies. Still, efforts must also be assigned to preserve cultural heritage given its fundamental role in every nation and community. 

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FLOOD PROTECTION FOR HISTORIC SITES

Dresden, Germany 13-14 June 2014

 

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This international colloquium, sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG),  is held at the Technical University Dresden in association with ICOMOS. It will for the first time address the issues of Integrating Heritage Conservation and Flood Control Concepts along rivers and streams. 

Increasingly frequent disasters involving high water have led to efforts in many parts of the world to enhance flood protection. Although the extensive structural measures that are often undertaken also protect historic sites, at times these very measures can impair a site’s special values.

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Blue Shield Statement on Ukraine

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Following the civil conflict that has been shaking the Ukraine, the Blue Shield wishes to express its deep concern regarding the safeguarding and protection of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage, as well as the institutions that house them and the people that care for them.

Ukraine’s museums, libraries and documentary heritage, monuments, churches and monasteries are under risk of threat from looting and destruction. The international heritage community wishes to warn of the potential harm that cultural property may suffer.

Reports regarding damages endured by the Kiev History Museum have given the Blue Shield and its members reasons for concern. The destruction of monuments linked to the political history of Ukraine is also at the forefront of the cultural community’s concerns. The Blue Shield urges the Ukrainian government to investigate the incident which occurred in the Kiev History Museum’s storage rooms on the nights of 18 and 19 February 2014, and to allocate protected storage space for particularly threatened collections.

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