Risk and emergency management for cultural heritage

Conference: Risk and emergency management for cultural heritage

Organisers: CHIEF (Cultural Heritage International Emergency Force) and CESMAR7

Venue: Museum Luzzati Porta Siberia

Safeguarding and protecting cultural heritage in emergency. Italian and UNESCO’s International operative standards. From emergency management to risk reduction. Resilience and culture of Civil Protection. Institutions, instruments and capacity building. The role of professional volunteerism. Who, how, where and why: confronting case history and experiences.

Cultural heritage has been threatened more and more often by natural events and armed conflict. In Italy and elsewhere, the awareness of the importance to preserve and provide first aid to cultural heritage, has been defining skills, operative and procedural standards for rescue activities, aligned with UNESCO recommendations and guidelines, national legislation on cultural heritage and civil protection.

This approach is shaped by an important objective: to prepare territories, institutions and volunteers to deal with all types of emergencies. Which refers to risk and emergency management, safety for the site and the volunteers, application of precise qualitative and operative standards. As operators in the field
of cultural heritage, emergency rescue, resilient citizens, professional volunteers, in order to be ready
and efficient on one’s own territory during emergencies. Then the conference becomes an opportunity
for reciprocal update on recent national and international experiences and case history. And as regards Liguria the rescue operation on the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno (Genova) carried out by CHIEF
after the October 2014 flood, will be presented; prof. Renzo Rosso from Politecnico di Milano will describe the hydrogeological risk of the regarding Bisagno river and the valley.

‐ To create and enhance the relationship between operators from the field of cultural heritage and those working in emergencies.
‐ To promote the development of competences and knowledge, the reciprocal synergy, to share methodologies, aims and experiences.
‐ To support the importance of the employment of professional volunteers, trained following the qualitative standards requested by designated institutions and authorities, to be deployed during emergencies.
‐ To establish an educational network sharing the professional competences of its members. To start a national and international path focused not only on fruition and knowledge, but also on present and future cultural researches.
‐ To examine in depth national and international case history as a cue to reflect on training and operative designing strategies.
‐ To facilitate communication among operators, authorities and institutions, preliminary to the development of projects and shared operative methodologies.

The full programme is available here in English, and here in Italian.

The conference poster is availble here.