Protecting cultural heritage

01/30/18
Category: Nachrichten, Kultur und Konflikt  
The Blue Shield emblem for the protection of cultural property. Image: public domain

The Blue Shield emblem for the protection of cultural property. Image: public domain

The Asia-Pacific region faces threats to cultural heritage from climate change and natural disasters. Against this background, people working in the fields of climate change mitigation and disaster recovery across the cultural sector have come together in Canberra, Australia, today for the Blue Shield Australia 2018 Symposium.

Under the theme "Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Natural Disasters", the symposium’s some 80 participates share expertise, experiences and case studies on the protection of cultural heritage in times of natural disaster. They also discuss climate change and the strategies being put in place by the sector to work towards a sustainable future.

Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. The name Blue Shield comes from the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which specifies a blue shield as the symbol for marking protected cultural property. Blue Shield also works to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by natural disasters.