At the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015, the conference group created a document containing a framework for disaster relief reduction. This new framework replaces the previous Hyogo Framework.
p10: “It is urgent and critical to anticipate, plan for and reduce disaster risk in order to more effectively protect persons, communities and countries, their livelihoods, health, cultural heritage, socioeconomic assets and ecosystems, and thus strengthen their resilience.”
III. Guiding principles
19(c), p13: “Managing the risk of disasters is aimed at protecting persons and their property, health, livelihoods and productive assets, as well as cultural and environmental assets, while promoting and protecting all human rights, including the right to development”
The framework recommends that, in order to fully understand disaster risk, it is necessary
Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
24(d), p15: “To systematically evaluate, record, share and publicly account for disaster losses and understand the economic, social, health, education, environmental and cultural heritage impacts, as appropriate, in the context of event-specific hazard-exposure and vulnerability information;
Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
30(d), p19: “To protect or support the protection of cultural and collecting institutions and other sites of historical, cultural heritage and religious interest.”
Additional information on how this framework relates to cultural heritage – and its predecessor the Hyogo Framework – can be found in the article Preparing for the future: mitigating disasters and building resilience in the cultural heritage sector by Fiona McAllister. If you are unable to access the article, please contact us.