ICCROM’s Tools for Identifying Risks, Monitoring Impacts, Assessing Needs caused by COVID-19 global crisis

By Aparna Tandon, Senior Programme Leader, First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, ICCROM

Participants of ICCROM’s international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis 2019, during a damage and risk assessment exercise in Norcia, Italy.

COVID-19 knows no borders. The virus is already having devastating impacts in countries around the world, on lives of people and the social fabric of our shared existence. Hundreds of micro cultures and their bearers may also be at greater risk of loss. This loss is even more concerning when we know that the ability to maintain and develop cultural identity and cultural knowledge in a time of adversity is essential to resilience, aiding both individuals and communities to respond, recover and prepare for future threats.

Unfortunately, the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on all types of cultural heritage remains rather unknown and has not been cohesively documented.

ICCROM in collaboration with its alumni network has prepared templates for creating forms for monitoring impacts, assessing secondary risks as well as needs stemming from the ongoing pandemic. Share, customise and test them in order to gather data and help communities and governments to understand the impacts of this pandemic.

For downloading the templates, click on the link below: https://www.iccrom.org/tools-identifying-risks-monitoring-impacts-assessing-needs

For questions and feedback contact: covid-response@iccrom.org