Dr Sonam Wangchok, Secretary, Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation-HCHF and Ladakh Liaison Officer, International association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) was among 21 participants from different countries selected for the ‘Managing Indoor Climate Risks workshop’ in Olinda-beautiful Historic City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-in Brazil held from 20 to 26 March 2011.
The workshop was developed by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) and the Dutch State Agency of Cultural Heritage (RCE), in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Studies on Integrated Conservation (CECI, Brazil) and the Department for Anthropology and Museology of the University of Pernambuco (UFPE-DAM, Brazil). “The course was focused on discussing and applying the decision making process to manage indoor climate conditions for collections and buildings. It examined the best available research. Studying archive and museum collections, participants were taught each aspect of this approach, from identifying climate risks to the collection to the development of climate control strategies by experts from Brazil and Netherland.
The 21 participants are from India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Suriname, Ghana, South-Africa, Indonesia and The Netherlands. These countries belong to the framework of ‘Mutual Cultural Heritage’ (MCH) program. The organizers brought people together to share experience and knowledge from so many different cultural backgrounds to reach the workshop goals of learning, sharing and raising awareness on the subject of risk based decision making concerning the indoor climate.
During the workshop Dr Sonam Wangchok presented a paper on the unfavorable impacts of climate change during a short period of time that alarms threats to the continued existence of tangible cultural heritage sites in the Himalayas based on study of climate change recorded by Leh-based Defence Institute for High Altitude Research (DIHAR)