The Final Conference was held on 6 July, at the end of these 3 intense years of work that have produced important results in terms of safeguarding and protecting the cultural heritage from natural hazards,
The project has opened a path that was previously little explored.

The legacy that we want to leave with the project Cheers can be divided into three points:

  • the assessment of the importance of the cultural heritage that must be protected according to hierarchies of priorities;
  • the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage in terms of rescue and prevention from natural hazards;
  • the action of capacity building and optimal use of the forces in the field, training them and assigning them specific operational protocols.

Furthermore, the exchange of experiences and the involvement of experts in the sector have made it possible to collaborate on a trans-regional and transnational level, developing an integrated system of knowledge and spreading an applied culture among all the institutions involved in the project.

CHEERS has contributed to raising awareness among actors and competent authorities on the importance of protocols for the evaluation, protection and recovery of cultural heritage from potential damage or damage caused by natural disasters, providing concrete, transferable, durable, sustainable solutions over time and scalable interventions applicable to different territorial dimensions.

It is therefore of fundamental importance that this effort on the front of the protection and conservation of the cultural heritage and of the innovative products and tools generated by CHEERS, are capitalized in the best possible way by the competent authorities.

Welcoming and opening address
Mr Antonio Ballarin Denti, President of the Scientific Committee of Lombardy Foundation for the environment (FLA)

Introduction to the project rational and results
Giulia Pesaro, Project Manager of the Cheers Project
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Session 1 - Governance / decision-making processes according to laws and rules

This part will cover the Alpine Space regulation framework, including both common points and differences among Alpine Region countries. The idea is to clarify the existence of different ways to face the management of cultural heritage during disasters: Who can do what? And how? More, we had to face and carefully learn and understand these issues and rules, as this is the starting point for the decision-making processes which take place when an alarm is given or when a disaster hit. Hence, this is the starting point for us to visualize the information and knowledge needs which feed the emergency decision processes. This is the basis for the development of our decision-making support tools.

Introduction to the session
Philippe Meresse, ENTENTE Valabre
The Cheers project in Trento: the local stakeholder perspective
Luca Gabrielli, Superintendency for Cultural Heritage, Autonomous Province of Trento

A brief overview on the Switzerland system of governance of Civil Protection activities and the example of the simulation exercises
Marta Pucciarelli and Jolanda Pensa, SUPSI


Session 2 - Cultural Heritage in danger / decision-making processes focusing on the salvaging object

This part covers the issue of “what to rescue first” and the need for priority lists based on explicit and clear criteria when resources are scarce (time, people, tools for operational assistance, funding, etc.). The CHEERS project has worked on the ATTACH methodology to answer to this question and to support the decision-making processes while preparing the crisis in peace time and use the information (priority list) during the crisis.

Introduction to the session
Giulio Lattanzi, Managing Director, Touring Club of Italy 

The ATTACH tool and simulation exercise in Mine museum Anthony’s Main Road in Idrija (Slovenia) as part of UNESCO World Heritage Site
Anže Japelj, Slovenian Forestry Institute; Tatjana Dizdarevič and Jasmina Rejec, Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre
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A testimony from the field in Slovenia
Ivana Leskovec, Director of the Idrija Municipal Museum
A testimony from the field in Germany
Roland Klosa, Head of the association Bergbaumuseum Germany

Session 3 - Coordinating natural hazards and cultural heritage knowledge /the contribution of the scientific and technical perspective by hazard management experts

The needs for knowledge enhancement and sharing between hazard and cultural heritage scientists: a dialogue around exposure and vulnerability. The issue of information and knowledge availability, quality and consistency according to the needs. The availability of databases and georeferenced catalogues. The crosscutting issue of “functional vulnerability analysis” in the cultural heritage rescue domain. Support the decision-making processes while preparing the crisis in peace time and use the information (vulnerability of the exposed cultural heritage) during the crisis.

The overall methodological framework and the tool FRATCH
Martin Jung, Austrian Institute of Technology 

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Vulnerability of built elements to rockfalls: a French application in the Ubaye Valley
Philomene Favier, National research institute for agriculture, food and environment 
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Introduction to the issue of fragility of cultural heritage and the tool 3.2.1 Fragility
BRGM-French Geological Survey

Vulnerability, knowledge enhancement on intervention techniques according to vulnerability typologies and the tool THREAT: a Handbook
Stefano Oliveri, Marco Pregnolato, Barbara Caranza and Chiara Tomaini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart  

Session 4 - The dialogue with the Alpine Space territories / the activities and the heritage of the project involving the territorial subjects and institutions

This part will deal with the exchanges of the project with the local and territorial stakeholders, supporting the decision-making processes while preparing local bodies to better face natural disasters and the consequences on the cultural heritage.

Training modules and their use and functioning
Philippe Meresse, ENTENTE Valabre
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The work with the Pilot Areas: the example of France
Carola Mirgon, BRGM-French Geological Survey

The Guidelines for Civil Protection planning activities: “A new concept of Civil Protection Plan”
Stefano Oliveri, Marco Pregnolato and Barbara Caranza, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart  
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