of cultural and natural heritage after a man-made or natural disaster
is a vital factor in the reconstruction of fractured communities and
in providing comfort and a sense of purpose to the stricken populations,
a service to world heritage, and a contribution towards economic recovery.
The International Council of Museums, cognizant of its responsibility
towards cultural and natural heritage institutions recovering from the
effects of catastrophes, is creating a Disaster Relief for Museums Fund
to enable ICOM to provide the most adequate assistance to such institutions
- through public awareness campaigns in the media, site surveys, relief
projects, post facto capacity building programs, production of risk
management tools, or any other action deemed necessary.
The Fund will initially be used to finance ICOM's response to the damage
caused by the December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunamis that struck
Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. The extent of our response will
depend on need assessment and on available resources in the DRM Fund,
which will be made up exclusively of contributions.
The long-term aim of the Disaster Relief for Museums Fund is to become
a permanent means to allow ICOM to react swiftly to future crises, once
recovery needs of cultural and natural heritage institutions in the
tsunami-devastated region have been addressed in accordance with the
directives of ICOM's Disaster Relief Task Force.
wishes to thank all those who have already indicated desire to contribute
to this Fund and expresses advanced appreciation to those who are about
to do so.
wishes to aknowledge the following contributors to the Disaster Relief
for Museums Fund (only contributors who have consented to being mentioned