Disasters and Pandemics

Recent disasters and actual pandemic have exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our world heritage. These exceptional sites and pieces, which we would like to preserve for all humanity and future generations, do not exist in a segregated world. They belong to our social environment and our daily life. But at the same time, the World Heritage Sites are in danger! They are threatened by natural hazards that attempt against their existence. The pandemic has revealed their fragility and how much the human presence in them is vital and necessary for their survival. How can we protect them and at the same time give them life and new meanings? If we hope for a future for them, we should stop considering them only as beautiful objects or places, merchandise for the tourist industry, and fully integrate them into the social and cultural dynamics of daily life. We propose to promote a great discussion around the world on the risks and effects of disasters and pandemics on World Heritage Sites. We invite Non-Governmental Organizations, Academies, representatives of civil society, and local governments to participate, to contribute with new proposals for public policies on the conservation and safeguarding of the cultural and natural heritage of humanity.

ONE WORLD SEMINAR (AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!)

SESSION 1: NATURAL AND SOCIAL DISASTERS IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 2: LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 3: TOURISM AND PANDEMICS IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 4: PANDEMICS AND HISTORIC CENTERS >>
SESSION 5: NATURE-CULTURE APPROACHES TO DISASTERS PREVENTION >>
AND POST-DISASTER RECOVERY IN WORLD HERITAGE >>
SESSION 6: PREPARING FOR EMERGENCY TO ENSURE RESILIENCE OF CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE SYSTEMS UNDER THREAT: A MATTER OF GOOD TERRITORIAL GOVERNANCE! >>
SESSION 7: PREVENTING EARTHQUAKE DESTRUCTION IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES:
LEARNING FROM EMPIRICISM TO REGULATIONS >>
SESSION 8: PREVENTION AND CONSERVATION IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 9: CULTURE, HERITAGE AND RESILIENCE :
LOCAL CREATIVE RESPONSES TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE >>
SESSION 10: INFORMAL KNOWLEDGE, PARTICIPATION AND HERITAGE DURING PANDEMICS >>
SESSION 11: IDENTITY AND RESILIENCE IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 12: THE VALUE OF CULTURE DURING PANDEMICS >>
SESSION 13: INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION:
AN UNCOMFORTABLE UNDERSTANDING >>
SESSION 15: INTANGIBLE HERITAGE AND DISASTERS >>
SESSION 16: SUSTAINABILITY AND FUTURE AFTER DISASTERS AND PANDEMICS >>
SESSION 17: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR PREPAREDNESS AND MITIGATION:
PRIOR OR AFTER DISASTERS AND PANDEMICS (ROUND TABLE) >>
SESSION 18: HERITAGE AND SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION >>
SESSION 19: CONSERVATION EMERGENCY! >>
SESSION 20: PHYSICAL RECONSTRUCTION IN WORLD HERITAGE SITES >>
SESSION 21: CLOSING SESSION >>

ORGANISERS

Maria Eugenia Siguencia Avila, Coordinator

Maria Eugenia Siguencia Avila, Coordinator

University of Cuenca (Ecuador)

Architect. Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites and PhD fom KU Leuven, Belgium. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. She is active in the Go-HUL, the CIPA Emerging-Professionals and ICOMOS Ecuador.

Fernando Perez, Co-Convener

Fernando Perez, Co-Convener

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Researcher and academic. Architect (PUC Chile), and PhD (UPC Barcelona). Visiting professor at Harvard University, Simón Bolívar University, and Cambridge University. Tenured professor at Universidad Católica de Chile and current Director of Chile's “Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes”.

Umberto Bonomo, Co-Convener

Umberto Bonomo, Co-Convener

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Architect (IUAV Venice) and PhD (PUC Chile). Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Católica de Chile, and director of the Centro del Patrimonio Cultural at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Elvira Pérez, Team Member

Elvira Pérez, Team Member

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Architect (PUC Chile), Master (Roma Tre), PhD (PUC Chile). Professor in the areas of history, theory and criticism of architecture and architectural and urban heritage. Director of the Master in Cultural Heritage program at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Yolanda Muñoz, Team Member

Yolanda Muñoz, Team Member

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Peruvian architect (U. Ricardo Palma, Perú), Master in Science (PUC Chile), PhD candidate (PUC Chile and U. Panthéon-Sorbonne). Coordinator of the "Centro del Patrimonio Cultural” at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Carlos Silva, Team Member

Carlos Silva, Team Member

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Architect and Master in Urban Development (PUC Chile), PhD candidate (PUC Chile). Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, UC. Coordinator of the Master in Cultural Heritage program at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Karen Golle, Team Member and Social Media Representative

Karen Golle, Team Member and Social Media Representative

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Visual artist (PUC Chile), Master in Cultural Heritage (U. de València) and Master in Conservation (U. Politècnica de Valencia). Media manager and research assistant at “Centro del Patrimonio Cultural”, Universidad Católica de Chile.

Cristian Heinsen, Team Member

Cristian Heinsen, Team Member

Fundación Altiplano (Chile)

Bachelor of Arts, Master in Creative Documentary and MBA. Founder, former president and current executive director of Fundación Altiplano, a non-profit organization that accompanies Andean and rural communities in the need of heritage conservation and sustainable development.

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