Geneva - Geneva is believed to be the first city in the world with its own 'ambulance'to save cultural property in the event of local disasters.
The unit contains everything from lifting devices to chemical-free blankets
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has published a “red list” of Libyan antiquities at risk during the current civil war.
The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to alert customs officials, police forces and the art trade to potentially looted antiquities.
The publication illustrates the type of antiquities that are now vulnerable, although it is not a list of specific objects that have been looted.
Among the examples are pre-historic rock art, stones inscribed with Greek, Punic, Latin and Arabic writing, sculptures, “veiled” female funerary busts, wall paintings and mosaics, sarcophagi, jewellery and coins.
Download Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk
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PROTECTION OF IRAQI CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES
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The earthquakes in Nepal have cost the lives of thousands of people.
Also, many cultural and religious monuments are destroyed.
ICCROM project specialist Aparna Tandon, Rohit Jigyasu of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness – ICORP, and other partners have started the Kathamandu Cultural Emergency map which aims to collect information on the damage caused to cultural heritage sites and institutions in Nepal.
If you can help collect information please visit Kathmandu Cultural Emergency Map
To learn more about the project visit ICCROM
More than 250 leading academics and experts have signed an open letter calling on the UN to ban the trade of Syrian artefacts.
Read the full letter here
Illicit trafficking in works of art and cultural property has become a serious business over the past decades.
The International Council on Museums (ICOM) helps to bring this serious issue to light through the ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.
Learn about good practices, awareness-raising, due diligence and much more here