Project overview

The Alps host an outstanding variety of material and immaterial cultural heritage which are the grounds of Alpine peoples identity and strongly contribute to the local economies. 
Natural disasters, affecting the Alpine territory and likely to be exacerbated by the climate change, represent a major threat to cultural heritage, in terms of asset safety and fruition.

Aims and Activities

The safeguard of cultural heritage from natural hazards has not been properly tackled. Alpine local communities often lack appropriate regulatory settings, know-how and operational capacities to manage securing activities of their cultural resources. 
The project focus on this gap supporting relevant transnational and local organizations in the valorization of cultural heritage by:
A. promoting new national and transnational governance and intervention schemes involving the main actors engaged in the management and protection of cultural heritage; 

B. providing innovative approaches and tools to secure and salvage cultural assets affected by natural risks.

These goals will be achieved through: 
1) building the knowledge base for identifying and valorising the cultural heritage stock at risk; 
2) defining reference conservation/securing approaches, techniques and training for Civil Protection Operators; 
3) developing new models of emergency planning to protect cultural heritage, built on shared pilot experience and transferable at transnational level; 
4) capitalizing innovation technologies for effective and more comprehensive DDR and climate change adaptation policies.

Work packages

WP1 - Alpine Cultural Heritage: value and vulnerability

WP1 frames the topic of the definition of Alpine cultural identity, analysing the issue of its exposure to natural hazard and it investigates the related economies, focusing on values in terms of identity, cultural function and income generation and finally produces a methodology for assets evaluation and prioritization in salvaging interventions. Also, it proposes relevant elements for future policy making in the field.


WP2 - Advancing Hazard and Exposure Assessment methodologies applicated to the field of Cultural Heritage protection

While WP1 produces methods for appraisal of cultural heritage assets and prioritization in intervention decision-making, WP2’s main objective is to provide local communities with tools that can be effectively applied to identify which of the evaluated assets are truly exposed to risk. To this aim, it integrates analysis on hazard, assets, risk mapping approaches and vulnerability assessments to support interventions in alert or emergency conditions.


WP3 - Alpine Cultural Heritage Protection: approaches and techniques

WP3 enquires about the nature of the potential damage to the exposed assets in relation to different hazards and the techniques to protect and salvage them. It also investigates the managing aspects, how the issue of cultural heritage protection is governed transnationally and at the country level, in terms of roles, responsibilities and funding sources as well. While experts are gathered to share case histories, an educational format is produced for the transferability of this knowledge core.


WP4 - Emergengy planning and salvaging

After the identification of assets at risk worthy of priority interventions (WP1 and 2) and the capacity building process oriented to cultural heritage managers and civil protection operators (WP3), WP4 takes advantage of pilot activities to provide Alpine communities with guidelines for new Civil Protection Plans oriented to cultural heritage protection and reference formats of simulation exercises testing the effectiveness of Operating Procedures for salvaging interventions on cultural assets.