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World Bank to conduct Resilient Cultural Heritage Technical Deep Dive in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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The World Bank’s Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and Tokyo based Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub are conducting a five-day Technical Deep Dive (TDD) which focuses on the resilience of cultural heritage assets against natural disasters and human-induced risks from April 10-14, 2017 in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.

Delegations of World Bank clients from Albania, Buhtan, China, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Tanzania will join Japanese and international resilient cultural heritage experts for this deep learning experience.

Historic cities and cultural heritage are strategic assets which if used properly can foster service delivery, local economic development and social cohesion. Creative and cultural industries are among the fastest growing segments of service and light manufacturing, and can have a high impact on job creation. Moreover, sustainable tourism is a labor-intensive industry that generates a wide range of jobs. According to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, the tourism sector is responsible for one in 11 jobs globally, while one direct tourism job creates a further 1.5 indirect jobs. Altogether, the sector accounts for 10% of global GDP, and international tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

Although there has been significant progress on disaster risk management and cultural heritage conservation in recent years, there is still a need for further consideration in developing countries especially in regards to these two disciplines.

Japan has great experience and know-how in mitigating and preparing for the impact of natural disasters on cultural assets as can be seed from the country’s experience in dealing with the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. Japan’s experience in disaster risk management of cultural heritage, therefore, presents unique opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing of practical tested approaches for resilient cultural heritage.

This Technical Deep Dive is being organized to provide actionable and practical advice on how to confront the challenges that national and municipal governments face when they address risk management planning for heritage sites.

Participants will visit Kyoto to gain insights on how local government plays a role in resilient cultural heritage management, community involvement in preserving cultural heritage, and how Kyoto manages cultural sites from preparedness.

Delegations of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with whom the World Bank signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on jointly promoting cultural, social and natural heritage for sustainable development will also join this TDD and provide keynote speech and presentation.