Posted 22 May, 2013 by MCD in News

Workshop on Climate Risk held on Quirigua

To prevent risks on monuments Quirigua Archaeological Park, A workshop on the methodology of climate risk management adapted to cultural heritage management. The Ministry of Culture and Sports, this activity contributes to the preservation of archaeological sites that may be damaged by climate change. The workshop was held on Tuesday 21 May at the Hotel Princess Guatemala City and had the support of the organization World Monuments Fund.

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Welcome remarks and background of the process were presented by the Deputy Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage, María Rosa Chan. The official stressed the importance of the workshop for the implementation of a master plan that contributes to the prevention of any type of disaster resulting from climate change on heritage sites and parks.

The Deputy Minister Chan also expressed concern to date indicate that there is in the world a plan of this type and Guatemala takes the initiative. Our country is in second place globally in the list of countries with the highest risk and vulnerability due to climate change.

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Due to its geographic and topographic features of the site, Quirigua has been affected by storms and tropical storms, what has led people in charge of creating a risk management plan. This will serve as a model to apply to other sites that make up the National Heritage, said the director of Quirigua Archaeological Park, José Crasborn.

The workshop was attended by directors of parks and archaeological sites, World Heritage delegates, museum directors, cultural centers and heads of various technical units that make up the General Directorate of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Also, representatives of the City of Guatemala, SECONRED, SEGEPLAN, CONAP, MARN.

The topics for group work were: analysis of threats-purpose cultural heritage, analysis of threats, the natural effect / vulnerability, analysis of threats, capabilities-Plan Gestión.

After assessing the results of the workshop and analysis of the needs of each place, the master plan will be completed within a month. That way it will be implemented for the benefit of cultural heritage.

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