Disaster Risk Reduction for (World) Heritage Sites

Sustainability of a heritage site is influenced in part by its ability to withstand the impact of natural disaster and climate change. A Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategy should be an integral part of heritage site management; thus, cooperation for disaster risk mitigation and heritage conservation should go hand in hand. 

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for (World) Heritage Sites is a project domain of UNESCO Office Jakarta that aims to strengthen the resilience of heritage sites by incorporating DRR programs into their management. We work together with key actors from heritage backgrounds as well as the disaster management sector to formulate programs and strategies aimed to not only conserve the built environment itself, but also to involve local communities as custodians of the sites, as their livelihoods ultimately depend on the sites’ resilience. Moreover, our DRR for heritage sites programs aim to safeguard valuable museum collections and immaterial traditions, which embody the identity of the people. 

UNESCO Office Jakarta assists heritage sites and historic cities across our five cluster countries to build capacities in strengthening the protection against disaster risks and minimizing associated damages by increasing risk awareness and improving response capabilities.

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For more information about DRR at (World) Heritage Sites programmes and activities in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste, please contact:

Mrs. Moe Chiba
Program Specialist for Culture Unit
m.chiba(at)unesco.org 

Mr. Ardito M.Kodijat
Program Officer for DRRTIU
a.kodijat(at)unesco.org

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