Talks / Preserving World Heritage properties in Post-disaster and post-conflict scenarios

Sydney / April 18th

Venice Revisited: the challenges of preserving World Heritage properties in post-disaster and post-conflict scenarios



For THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MONUMENT AND SITES (IDMS) 2024, ICOMOS and DOCOMOMO are co-hosting an event to gather NSW members together to hear about interesting global projects.

For this event we will have two presentations:

Constance Wyndham

‘A clash of expertise’ at the Buddha niches in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Two monumental Buddha statues in the Bamyan Valley, Afghanistan, were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. These destructions sparked a global reaction and the site was listed on the World Heritage List. This was followed by a huge influx of international heritage expertise into this remote valley in Afghanistan. Drawing from ethnographic research undertaken with heritage professionals and residents in the valley, undertaken in 2015, Dr Constance Wyndham’s talk will outline the complexities of the site and the challenges of its preservation as a World Heritage property, with a particular focus on local heritage practices and values.

Catherine Forbes

Complexities in the post-earthquake recovery of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Property

The World Heritage Property of the Kathmandu Valley comprises three historic urban centres and four religious ensembles together with their ancient villages. In 2015 the Gorkha Earthquakes severely damaged the property. Nine years after the event it is time to reflect back on the challenges and complexities faced in the recovery of the sites, their tangible and intangible attributes, their outstanding universal value, authenticity, integrity and protection. How does the Nepali concept of cyclical renewal sit with ICOMOS’s charters and declarations and the Nara Document on Authenticity? How will these serve the ongoing management of these living sites, where the intangible heritage is as important as the tangible?

The presentations will be followed by a short Q and A session and networking time with refreshments provided.


Thursday 18 April 2024 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (UTC+10)

Refreshments served from 5.30pm, presentations to commence at 6pm.


 Get directions

NBRS Architecture
4 Glen Street , Milsons Point NSW 2061


ICOMOS or DOCOMOMO Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $30.00
Student: $15.00

Event will be held on level 2. Enter building at ground level and take lifts up to level 2.