27.07.2018 -

UNESCO’s Heritage Emergency Fund provides important support to the Caribbean Regional Working Conference on Disaster Recovery and Heritage Preservation


From 30 July to 3 August 2018, approximately fifty (50) participants representing international and regional policy makers, emergency responders and cultural heritage stewards will gather in Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten for a working conference on disaster recovery and heritage preservation.

This conference is being organized by the Caribbean Branch of the International Council on Archives (CARBICA) in coordination with the International Council on Archives, in response to widespread impacts to cultural heritage following the destructive 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Participants, such as those from Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Martinique, Sint Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Tortola and Trinidad and Tobago will be presented with the opportunity to discuss their national responses to the impacts of the hurricane season on their cultural heritage, challenges encountered as well as what could have been done differently.

There will also be presentations on the actions of regional and international actors such as UNESCO, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Blue Shield and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The conference will also discuss topics such as civil authority and cultural organizations response, disaster management planning for cultural institutions, as well as examine various models for coordinating emergency planning as it relates to cultural heritage. The activity also brings together those working in the field of culture with those in disaster management to truly examine how policies can be aligned to offer greater protection to cultural heritage against the threat of natural disasters.

An important conference outcome will be the Development of a Memorandum of Agreement between the parties in the Caribbean Heritage Protection Network.

UNESCO, through the Heritage Emergency Fund has provided support to this important conference, which is in keeping with its focus of protecting cultural heritage in the face of threats from natural disasters, through disaster management planning, strategies and policies and in post-disaster needs assessments undertaken.


For additional information on this project, please contact the Culture Sector of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean at kingston@unesco.org


Please also see http://www.carbica.org/News/Events/Disaster-Recovery/ for more information.




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