The Disaster Resilient Museums International Committee (DRMC IC) focuses on disaster resilience and response, and emergency preparedness in museums. The DRMC was established at the 2019 ICOM Triennial Meeting in Kyoto, Japan and implementation of a three-year strategic plan began in 2023. Due to the impacts of climate change affecting museums around the world, the DRMC strives to provide support, resources, and information for climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.
The DRMC defines resilience as “The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions”. This is the definition used by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 which was adopted at the Third United Nations (UN) Conference in Sendai, Japan in 2014. The DRMC’s work includes protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage as defined by UNESCO.
To serve museums globally as an effective, inspiring, instrumental, and cooperative interdisciplinary platform about emergency preparedness and disaster response.
To focus on museum staff prepared to assist their home institutions and surrounding communities in the event of a disaster.
- Administers a sustainable organizational structure that enables to Committee to effectively achieve its goals and objectives.
- Collaborates with other ICOM committees and international heritage organizations on its goals, objectives, and relationships.
- Actively facilitates convenings and disseminates information and resources among its members and the global museum community.
- Prioritizes and focuses on the objectives where it can be most effective as a global convener, leader, and collaborator.
- Adaptive to situational language, politics, laws, and policy.
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