02.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Mainstreaming DRR in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Sites

The 2010 eruption of Mt Merapi and the 2014 eruption of the Mt Kelud in Central java posed a serious threat to the conservation of the World Heritage listed Borobudur Temple Compounds. To response to this challenge, several disaster mitigation measurements have been conducted by the Borobudur Conservation Office and the relevant stakeholders. However more coordination and technical inputs are needed. Therefore, Within the framework of UNESCO project entitled ‘Capacity Building for the Conservation of Borobudur Temple Compounds’ funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, UNESCO Office Jakarta, in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Culture, held a workshop entitled ‘Mainstreaming DRR in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Sites,’ on 10 and 11 April 2017 in Borobudur and Ratu Boko, Prambanan.


The workshop aimed to strengthen the collaborative partnership between temple conservators in Indonesia, and discuss disaster risk reduction parameters that need to be applied on the heritage sites.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Alexander Thielitz,  Second Secretary of the Cultural and Press Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germanyacknowledged that series of natural disasters, such as volcanic eruption and earthquakes endanger the temple including the sculptures and fascinating reliefs.  andexpressed his office support towards the conservation of the Borobudur Temple. During the workshop, he encouraged all participants to continue working together on applying disaster mitigation to preserve the Borobudur Temple Compounds.

Ms. Aparna Tandon,  Project Manager for Collection Unit of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and Mr. Raditya Jati,  Deputy Director for Prevention of the Directorate Disaster Risk Reduction Indonesia (BNPB) facilitated sessions as resource persons. 100 participants attended the workshops, including representative from the German Embassy Jakarta, UNESCO Office Jakarta, the Borobudur Conservation Office, the cultural heritage preservation offices of Central Java, Yogyakarta, Sangiran, and East Java, PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, disaster management experts from RedR Indonesia, the Centre of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, the Institute of Research and Development of Geological Hazards, the Institute of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics, the Centre of Disaster Studies Gajah Mada University, and Disaster Risk Reduction fora in Central Java and Yogyakarta.

The participants were invited to exchange experience, discuss four priority areas enclosed in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and define how they can be practically applied in the disaster mitigation efforts in Borobudur and Prambanan.

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