contribute to improve the 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. It was specifically tailored and robustly implemented in order to propose ready-to-use solutions 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 is 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 project objectives, STRENCH proactively targets the needs and requirements of stakeholders and policymakers responsible for disaster mitigation and safeguarding of cultural heritage assets and fosters the active involvement of citizens and local communities in the decision-making process.
The project STRENCH – Strengthening resilience of cultural heritage at risk in a changing environment through proactive transnational cooperation, developed ready to use solutions for assessing climate change effects and for protecting cultural heritage & cultural landscapes such as:
Create a free account on www.protecht2save-wgt.eu fo unlimeted use of the hazard maps and the WebGIS tool. Please see see the section "Publications" for full information on the methodoly for vulnerability assessment, sustainable risk managment strategies, pilot site implementations and training actions.
1 WebGIS Tool
2 Training Actions
2 Int. Conferences
Over the course of two years 9 Partners from 7 Central European countries, each with their own unique pilot sites ranging from historic parks, ruined hamlets, palaces threatened by flooding and fire to cultural landscapes adversely affected by climate change, worked together to achieve the project goals of STRENCH.
During the wake of a global pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns the ongoing cooperation between the partners showcased the importance of a continuous transnational cooperation in creating strategies and tools for solving transregional issues.
The implementation of diverse expertise given by the project partnership and their multinational composition benefited each partner in presenting potential guidance in finding solutions to local barriers and gaps identified regarding the individual pilot site actions.
With the improvement of the WebGIS tool and its implementation on the 7 selected pilot sites (as case studies), decision-making bodies have been provided a valuable tool for future planning in disaster risk management. In addition to the WebGIS tool, 7 sustainable risk management strategies were developed (one for each pilot site). Vulnerability analysis of the pilot sites together with a provided methodology for future and/or additional assessments are now available. The mentioned tools were developed with the input of local stakeholders during annually held local working tables at each site.
Disseminating the outputs of the project and training people in the application of these tools was identified as very important. Thus two international conferences and seven awareness raising events managed to attract 270 attendees. Two training actions held as summer schools successfully trained 31 people in the effective usage of STRENCH outputs.
Perhaps the most valuable lesson learned is one of universal nature. Despite the negative odds created by the ongoing pandemic, lasting the entire project-duration, the project-partnership managed to achieve and even over-achieve set goals through a tight knit and ongoing cooperation. This is well illustrated in the reached target groups of local, regional, national and sectoral-public-agencies, of which 79 were successfully reached instead of the aimed 22. The STRENCH project partnership is proud to offer you its projects results in the section “publications” and remains at your disposal.
The WebGIS Tool for multi-risk assessment is ready for use and to 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 a changing environment.
It contains tailord applications for maps dssign, ranking of vulnerability and long-term mulit-risk assessment.
A set of hazard maps related to extreme events linked to climate change (flood, landslides, windstorm, heavy rain and fire) has been created showing endangered regions of Central Europe. As a data basis sataellite data (Copernicus programme) and regional climate models with a spatial resolution of 25x25 km are used. Real/near time and historc data is elaborated from the Copernicus services CAMS, with two future periods (2021-2050 and 2071-21000) and one historc (1975-2005) are covered by the climate scenarios.
A manual containing guidelines fur the vulnerability evaluation of cultural heritage categories exposed to extreme events linked to climate change (flood, landslides, windstorm, heavy rain and fire) was complied.
It guides the user through the procedure of adequate vulnerability ranking concerning different cultural heritage categories (landscape, historc parks and small ruined villages) exposed to disasters. It allows for an accurate risk assessment when integrated with the hazard maps.
Disaster Risk reduction
Sustainable management strategies for the safeguarding of cultural heritage under the threat of flash floods, wind storms, landslides and fire were created considering different vulnerability and hazard scenarios. The created strategies outline their feasability in the context of the selected case studies in the 7 partner territories and are tailored towards consequent implemntation in resk reduction plans at a local level.
1.064.956,62 EURO ERDF Funding
1.301.712,50 EURO Budget in total