Natural and man-made hazards, anthropogenic effects and extreme climate change events, are persistently putting natural and cultural heritage under pressure, with an increasing frequency over time. In addition, such disasters and catastrophes impose new and continuously changing conservation challenges and urgently needs for innovative preservation and safeguarding approach, particularly during extreme climate conditions.
STRENCH outcomes will strongly contribute and capitalise EU funded projects results to improve capacities of the public and private sectors to mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on cultural heritage sites, structures and buildings at risk as outlined in the priority 6 of the call. It will be specifically tailored and robustly implemented in order to propose ready-to-use solutions (WebGIS tool, hazard maps, methodology for vulnerability ranking, strategies for disaster risk reduction) for assessing climate change effects in order to define strategies for the protection of cultural heritage at risk, assisting local stakeholders in improving their know-how on the process of definition of priorities of intervention and strategies (preparedness/emergency/recovery).
According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the European Agenda for Culture, the political development of innovative strategies will be also an asset together with the introduction of cultural heritage preservation in the main political and planning documents for the next programming period. By the achievement of the planned objectives, STRENCH is expected to proactively target the needs and requirements of stakeholders and policymakers responsible for disaster mitigation and safeguarding of cultural heritage assets and to foster the active involvement of citizens and local communities in the decision-making process.
Satellite based monitoring presents a valuable tool with great potential for cultural heritage protectors.
The ESA (The European Space Agency) explores sattelite based cultural heritage monitoring in their “Sentinel Success Stories”. Experts interviewed explain how satellite images can help us better understand the impact of natural events and monitor the impact of human actions on the conservation of cultural heritage sites. Link-ESA
The STRENCH project includes satellite data and images in the Web GIS tool for risk mapping - Link
16 April 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the STRENCH kick-off meeting was conducted online in a virtual conference room on 16 April 2020. Originally, the STRENCH partners intended to meet in Bologna, Italy, for their first meeting. Despite the exceptional situation, the project team agreed to start working right away.
The WebGIS Tool for the multi-risk assessment shall support Public Authorities, policy and decision
makers, rescue bodies, heritage
managers and private organizations in the decision-making process for safeguarding cultural heritage at risk in changing climate.
It will contain tailored applications for maps design, ranking vulnerability and shorthand as well as long-term multi-risk assessment.
A set of hazard maps related to
extreme events linked to climate
change (flood, landslides,
windstorm, heavy rain and fire) will be created showing endagered regions of Central Europe. As a data basis satellite data (Copernicus programme) and regional climate models with spatial resolution of 25x25 km will be used. Real/near time and historic data will be elaborated from the Copernicus services CAMS, while two future periods (2021-2050 and 2071-2100) and one historic (1975-2005) will be covered by the climate scenarios.
A manual containing guidelines for the vulnerability evaluation of cultural heritage categories exposed to extreme events linked to climate
change (flood, landslides, windstorm, heavy rain and fire) will be compiled.
It will guide the user through the procedure of adequate vulnerability ranking concerning different cultural heritage categories (landscape, historic parks nd small ruined villages) exposed to disasters. It will allow an ccurate risk assessment when ntegrated with the hazard maps.
disaster Risk reduction
Sustainable management strategies for the safeguarding of cultural heritage under the threat of flash floods, wind, landslides and fire will be set up considering different vulnerability and hazard scenarios. The strategies will be developed outlining their feasibility in the context of the selected case studies in the 7 partner territories. They will be tailored in view of a consequent implementation in risk reduction plans at local level.
1.064.956,62 EURO ERDF Funding
1.301.712,50 EURO Budget in total