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Damage Assessment

Damage Assessment

It is important continuously to assess the damage being caused to the urban cultural heritage while hostilities are still in progress. Although calls for the termination of armed conflict generally focus on civilian victims and the destruction of basic social and technical infrastructure, the monitoring and publicising of damage to cultural heritage can also play a key role in this context.

Once hostile activity has ceased, the damage to, and destruction of, buildings and physical infrastructure have to be assessed in order to define the needs, options and costs for reconstruction. This survey of physical damage has to be complemented by an assessment of the toll of war on the economy, political and social institutions, and social cohesion.

Tools for Damage Assessment

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Overall Damage

One of the first priorities after the end of fighting will be to take stock of the damage done to...

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The ruined Great Mosque of al-Nuri (foreground) after Islamic State destroyed the symbol of the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, 29 July 2017. Kyodo/MAXPPP

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Sectoral Damage

A more detailed assessment of the damage done to the housing stock and urban infrastructure is essential when planning the...

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Historic Monuments

An assessment of damages of historic monuments takes a closer look at the conditions of individual buildings or building complexes...

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A torched police station interior in the city of Zawiyah, west of the capital Tripoli, Libya, 05 April 2011. Mohamed Messara/EPA

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Institutional Damage

Wars and armed conflicts do not only destroy buildings and physical infrastructure....

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