*International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risk Reduction

International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risk Reduction
18-20 November 2013
Windsor Suites Hotel,
Bangkok, Thailand
Online Registration here.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention. Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. It could be said that disaster risk reduction is about choices. Disasters often follow natural hazards and a disaster's severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment. In other words, how prepared are we. Each decision and action taken can either make us more vulnerable to disasters or more resilient to them.
The Conference is intended to provide updated clear information on the link between climate change and cultural heritage as well as practical steps that can be taken to alleviate negative impacts. In addition, while it is acknowledged that climate change is a major issue that impacts negatively on the environment and has subsequent consequences in relation to increased flooding, drought, rising temperatures, energy supplies, food supplies, social structures including migration, lack of resources leading to increased conflict, poverty, and other social ills; rarely is the impact of climate change on cultural heritage- both tangible and intangible- addressed. This Conference aims to make explicit the link between climate change and the threat it poses to cultural heritage and to highlight the importance of adopting disaster risk reduction strategies. Moreover, without disaster risk reduction strategies in place, sustainable development is greatly affected.
Conference Objectives
● Share and exchange detailed information amongst participants on their experiences in the major disasters in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia between 2004 and 2011, especially the impact on cultural heritage, and the response and recovery actions being taken by them, especially in relation to climate change mitigation, alleviation, and adaptation for disaster preparedness in the area of cultural heritage. Best practices will be identified and adapted where appropriate.
 ● Facilitate beneficial collaboration and strengthen links between Japanese and Southeast Asian professionals through the direct sharing of information on disaster risk reduction activities vis-à-vis cultural heritage protection 
 ● Promote a sense of social awareness, responsibility and leadership to bring about more sustainable development outcomes through the planning of appropriate measures in flooding disaster preparedness and response in relation to documentary and tangible heritage.
 ● Publish a handbook or guideline of best practices adopted by individuals, institutions including museums, libraries, places of worship, schools etc., and local communities
● Engage a wider public on the issue of disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage 
Themes/Focal Points
The sub themes of the conference on cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction will focus on:
1. Disaster management 
2. Risk assessment
3. Disaster preparedness
4. Disaster prevention
5. Disaster mitigation 
6. Disaster alleviation
7. Disaster adaptation
8. Decentralization of DRR activities and the development of community centred programmes for cultural heritage incorporating traditional knowledge systems
Who should attend?
Disaster risk reduction is a key part of sustainable development. In order for development activities to be sustainable they must also reduce disaster risk. Unsound development policies will increase disaster risk and disaster losses. Thus, disaster risk reduction involves every part of society, every part of government, and every part of the professional and private sector including those working with cultural heritage - both tangible and intangible. 
The conference thus aims to provide all interested stakeholders an invaluable networking opportunity and will be of particular interest to Southeast Asian, East and South Asians, Japanese, and other international professionals working in the various fields of cultural heritage for its conservation and preservation, researchers/academics engaged in the conference theme, professionals such as museum curators/specialists, librarians, interested individuals working in the area of cultural heritage and also disaster risk reduction. The conference will be multi-organizational and multi-sectoral engaging policy makers, governmental and non-governmental professionals, interested corporate bodies as well as grassroots organizations and representatives.
Call for Papers
The format of the presentation should be for a 30 minute paper. Please submit the paper abstract no later than Friday 20 September 2013. Abstracts must be no more than 250 words, should indicate the sub-theme and be accompanied by personal bio-data of no more than 150 words. The submission of the full paper is requested by Monday 21 October 2013. Please use MS word (.doc and .docx formats) and Chicaco Manual of Style Author-Date System style for the references and bibliography typed with double spacing. More information, online registration and online submission of abstracts and papers is available at www.seameo-spafa.org

Conference Registration Fee

Type of participants

International Citizens                                                US$240

THAI Citizen                                                                US$120


The payment covers conference day meals, coffee/tea breaks, publications, transportation between Suvarnabhumi airport and hotel/conference venue, and insurance.                       


Accommodation & Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Windsor Suites Hotel where we have initially reserved rooms at preferential rates that include breakfast for the conference registered delegates



Room Category

Your Special Rates (Baht/Room/Night)

Inclusive of Buffet Breakfast and Internet

Single Occupancy

Twin/Double Occupancy


Deluxe Room (30 sq.m.)

Bht.1,700.-net / US$60

Bht. 2,000.-net /US$70

Bht. 1,000.-net /


Counsellor Suites (45 sq.m.)

1 bedroom + living room + bathroom

Bht. 2,100.-net /US$75

Bht. 2,400.-net /US$85

Bht. 1,000.-net / US$35

Executive Suites (45 sq.m.)

1 bedroom + living room + bathroom

Bht. 2,700.-net / US$95

Bht. 3,000.-net / US$110

Bht. 1,000.-net / US$35








Conference participants wishing to reserve a room at these hotels should contact the hotel directly for reservation and payment



All payment of registration fee can be made by e-transfer to


Account name:                        SPAFA Regional Centre

Bank name:                              Kasikornbank Public Company Limited, Bangkok Thailand

Bank Address:                          158 Krung Kasem Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Bank Branch:                             Theves

Account Number:                       030-2-36891-0

SWIFT Code:                               KASITHBK

After payment please send an e-mail with all details to conference2013@seameo-spafa.org, wilin@seameo-spafa.organd supa@seameo-spafa.org


Important dates

Submission of abstract and full paper                        October 21, 2013

Notification of acceptance of paper                             October 31, 2013


Registration and all payment                                       November 10, 2013


Online Registration form and Abstract submission here

81/1 Sri Ayutthaya Road
Bangkok 10300, THAILAND
Tel: (662) 280 4022-29
Fax: (662) 280 4030
Email: conference2013@seameo-spafa.org