Disaster Risk Preparedness & Management - Photo Gallery

The World Heritage Committee has adopted in 2007 a Strategy for Reducing Risks from Disasters at World Heritage Properties which encourages all States Parties to develop disaster risk management plans for the World Heritage properties in their respective countries. Yet, disaster risk management is still at a preliminary stage among heritage professionals. In coherence with this and under the framework of the One UN in Albania, the UNESCO Venice Office and ICCROM have successfully conducted a training workshop on Disaster Risk Preparedness and Management at the World Heritage site of Berat in Albania from 19 to 24 November 2011.

The workshop aimed to bring together heritage professionals from selected major Albanian heritage sites (Gjirokastra, Berat, Saranda-Butrint and Apollonia archaeological park) to introduce the disaster risk issue within the developing process of World Heritage site disaster risk management plans. The workshop has been developed through a participatory methodology and upon the newly issued Resource Manual for Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage - which focuses on one specific approach to the principles, methodology and process for managing disaster risks at cultural and natural World Heritage properties.

On 2 December 2011, a house in the historical quarter of Gorica caught fire and was entirely destroyed. This is unfortunately a good example of vulnerability to fire threats of the Berat World Heritage site.

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Presentations (PDF) : Berat case | Butrint case | Gjirokastër case

Photo credit :  ©UNESCO/D. Poletto, © E.Bushi, © M. Qytyku/Municipality of Berat