ICOMOS launches initiative to save cultural heritage damaged in flood-hit Kerala
- The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world.
- It’s headquarters is in Paris, ICOMOS was founded in 1965 in Warsaw as a result of the Venice Charter of 1964, and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites.
- ICOMOS currently has over 9,500 individual members in 144 countries, 110 national committees and 28 international scientific committee.
- ICOMOS is a partner in the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), which works to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters
- The General Assembly of ICOMOS was held in New Delhi in 2017.
ICOMOS TO SAVE KERALA HERITAGE:
- Kerala is endowed with natural beauty, and is home to a number of iconic forts, palaces and other heritage buildings, which attract a huge number of tourists every year.
- The ICOMOS, has launched an initiative to assess the damage to the rich cultural and built heritage in flood-devastated Kerala and set up an emergency response platform.
- They have launched the Kerala Heritage Rescue Initiative,as the heritage in the flood-ravaged state is indeed damaged.
- They are also seeking support from the state government, the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and reaching out to local conservation professionals.
- They have also set up a Facebook page to collect information on the damage to buildings, museum collections, cultural artefacts, libraries, archives, and even intangible heritage
- The ICOMOS also approached the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) to partner in the post-disaster work.
- They have also recalled the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, cultural heritage and its protection “helps build resilience” and enhances the ability of the affected population to participate in its own recovery.
- The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide through training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy programmes.
- It aims to enhance the field of conservation-restoration and raise awareness to the importance and fragility of cultural heritage.
- The creation of the Centre took place as a result of a proposal at the UNESCO General Conference held in New Delhi, in 1956.
- Three years later, the Centre was established in Rome, Italy, where its headquarters remain to this day.
- ICCROM responds to the needs of its Member States, which are currently at 136