Cultural Heritage

UNESCO designated sites – natural and cultural heritage sites as platforms for awareness raising

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. UNESCO's aim is "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural

Paradoxically, it is by looking in depth through archives at the analysis of disasters impacts on societies (risks and vulnerability) and their mechanics that historians discover indirectly the responses formulated by our predecessors that DRR

Disasters represent a serious threat to cultural heritage by causing permanent damages or the destruction of entire areas where movable and immovable cultural goods are located. Moreover, inadequate emergency operations can intensify what natural

A partly repaired house in the historic Bungamati district of the Kathmandu Valley
Four years on from the April 2015 earthquake, reconstruction efforts are continuing.
Group photo of participants at the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference
Japan hosted the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference which attracted 156 participants from 17 countries to help raise awareness of tsunami risk.

This document is the sixth in a series of hazard-specific risk assessment modules, compiled as part of the Words into Action Guidelines on National Disaster Risk Assessment by UNISDR. This section provides a general introduction to the assessment of

Purusotam Shakya is committed to making Kathmandu more resilient to future earthquakes (photo: UNISDR)
Every day when Purusotam Shakya steps into his office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city, three words leap to the front of his mind: “Build Back Better”.
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University of Coimbra
University of Lisbon
University of Huddersfield
Global Disaster Resilience Centre
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Lisbon
Centre of Resilience on Heritage (CERHER) logo
Italy will further strengthen its reputation as a leader on protection of cultural heritage from disasters when it opens a new Heritage Resilience Centre on October 13, International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Several cultural heritage sites were damaged or destroyed in the 2015 earthquake in Nepal (Photo: UNDP)
Cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are key resources of community and national disaster resilience across the world. However, much of this heritage and knowledge is being lost to both sudden and slow-onset disasters, weakening the resilience capacity of future generations.