JAPAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN CONSERVATION

Cultural heritage has been protected by particular groups of people as a source of their identity that they have inherited from their ancestors. It is also an irreplaceable testimony to the history of mankind that should be referred to in building man’s future. On the other hand, it is also a fact that much cultural heritage is facing the risk of degradation, destruction and disappearance without being given sufficient protection for different reasons. Cooperation in the protection of cultural heritage is becoming increasingly important as a means of facilitating cultural exchange and mutual understanding among various countries.

The Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation, being the national center for promoting international cooperation in terms of the conservation and restoration as well as research study of cultural heritage, continues to actively conduct cooperation projects in various parts of the world. The Center’s activities range over diverse areas related to the protection of cultural heritage, such as the collection, study and dissemination of international information, the implementation of cooperation projects and capacity development in conservation.

The Center consists of three sections, namely Resource and Systems Research Section, Conservation Design Section and Conservation Practice Section. It also coordinates activities with the International Cooperation Section of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, connecting the two research institutes for cultural properties based in Tokyo and Nara, for an effective implementation of the Institutes’ internationally-related activities.

 

Studies and Activities


Survey and Dissemination of International Information

● Study on the framework and philosophy of the
   protection of cultural heritage

● Study on public systems in individual countries for
   the protection of cultural heritage

● Development of networks through the implementation of projects

● Development and publication of information archives through the
    implementation of projects


Capacity Development and
Transfer of Technology

● Capacity development for Myanmar experts in the conservation
   of mural paintings

● Cooperation for the protection of cultural heritage in Armenia

● “International Course on Conservation of JapanesePaper”
   [jointly held with ICCROM]


International Cooperation for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

● Cooperation with the APSARA National Authority of Cambodia on the conservation of Ta Nei temple in Angkor

● Cooperation for the protection of cultural heritage with the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, Thailand

● Cooperation for the protection of cultural heritage with the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, Ministry of Religious and
   Cultural Affairs, Myanmar

● Cooperation for the preservation of traditional buildings in the Kingdom of Bhutan

● Technical assistance for the protection of cultural heritage damaged by earthquakes with the Department of
   Archaeology, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal [entrusted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs]

● Protection of cultural heritage in the island countries of Oceania [in cooperation with the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage]

● The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas


Secretariat of the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage


The Institute has been entrusted with the task of managing the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in
    Cultural Heritage, a base organization in which experts and institutions from diverse fields related to international
    cooperation on the protection of cultural heritage participate. While promoting the building of networks and
    the sharing of information among its members, the Consortium also conducts activities for dissemination, raising of
    public awareness and study of international cooperation activities in matters related to cultural heritage.




List of related countries

Regional classifications are in accordance with the classification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

   
◆ Europe
      Armenia Cooperation for the conservation of cultural heritage
      Poland The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas
      Germany The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas
      Turkey The condition survey to diagnose the current condition of the wall paintings.
  
◆ North America
      U.S.A The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas

◆ Asia
      Cambodia Cooperation for the conservation of Ta Nei temple in Angkor
      Myanmar Cooperation for the protection of Bagan Sites
      Nepal Cooperation for the conservation of damaged cultural heritage by earthquake disastere
      Thailand Cooperation for the conservation of cultural heritage
      Iran Cooperation for the conservation of cultural heritage

◆ Pacific
      Australia The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas
      Fiji and others Protection of cultural heritage in the island countries of Oceania

◆ Latin America and the Caribbean
      Argentine The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas
      Cuba The Cooperative Program for the Conservation of Japanese Art Objects Overseas
      Mexico “International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper” [ICCROM LATAM project]

 ※ The center also communicates with people from various other countries participating in international conferences
     and courses.



Section


Resource and Systems Research Section

39th session of the World Heritage
Committee held in Bonn, Germany

Resource and Systems Research Section collects and analyzes information about international cooperation and trends which relate to the systems and policies for the protection of cultural heritage. Information is gathered through major international meetings held by UNESCO and other organizations, such as the World Heritage Committee. In addition, the Section conducts survey and research on current problems concerning the protection of cultural heritage. Furthermore, it promotes the development of continuous networks for international cooperation through coordination of experts and research institutions both within and outside Japan.



Conservation Design Section

Three dimensional photogrammetry
data of Ta Nei temple, Cambodia by
SfM technique

Conservation Design Section is in charge of implementing research and project activities in collaboration with local governmental authorities regarding conservation, development, management and utilization of cultural heritage in Asia and other regions of the world. Relationship between cultural heritage and regional or tourism developments is also one of the concerns of this Section. In recent years, it has been working with national as well as international experts for safeguarding and rehabilitating cultural heritage damaged by conflicts and natural disasters that occur frequently in different parts of the world.

 



Conservation Practice Section

Investigation of building materials
for conservation at temple, Bagan,
Myanmar

Conservation Practice Section conducts studies for sustainable protection of cultural heritage by local people. Each country has its particular problem on the protection of cultural heritage depending on its circumstances. A method of conservation proven effective in one area might be inappropriate for another. Therefore, this Section constructs networks among target countries and other countries including Japan, and researches and develops appropriate materials and techniques for each country.






 

 

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