15.04.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

Natural Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage Sites in Albania

©Pooja Bryant -Flood stricken area of Shkodra, Albania (January 2010)

UNESCO is committed to participate actively in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe, Japan, in January 2005. The most relevant natural hazards risks for Albania include seismology, floods and fires. Based on existing knowledge, project aims at assisting Albania in improving its capacity to prepare to seismologic risk and to mitigate possible effects on its Cultural Heritage, as elements of a more general strategy to reduce the impact of climate change effects as well as to reduce man induced effects causing natural disasters.


The project "Building Capacity in Natural Risk Preparedness for Cultural Heritage Sites in Albania" is a One-UN-Programme related activity under the priority area Environmentally Sustainable Development. The launch meeting will take place on 19 April 2011 at the Tirana International Hotel.


The meeting will enable the interested stakeholders to get acquainted with the project main features and outlines. It will convene the local managers and authorities responsible for CHS (including World Heritage Sites), other local stakeholders, national and international experts in seismology and cultural heritage. The purpose is to share a view of the state of the art in practices and recommendations on disaster risk management (DRM) in cultural properties and the way forward in the framework of this particular project. The discussions will also be oriented towards broadening and improving public awareness on this issue along with national and international stakeholders.


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