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STRENgthening resilience of Cultural Heritage at risk in a changing environment through proactive transnational cooperation (STRENCH)


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, create urgent needs for innovative preservation and safeguarding approaches, particularly during extreme climate conditions.

The main priorities of the STRENCH project reply to these problems improving 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. In particular the project aims at developing ready to use solutions for assessing climate change effects and for protecting cultural heritage & cultural landscapes. The main results include:

  • Hazards maps of extreme events in Central Europe for decision making in disaster risk reduction;
  • Methodology for vulnerability assessment of cultural heritage at risk;
  • WebGIS tool for multi-risk assessment on cultural heritage in Central Europe;
  • Sustainablerisk management strategies for cultural heritage;
  • Pilot-Site implementation of improved WebGIS tool at local/regional level;
  • Training actions for risk management and safeguarding cultural heritage at risk. 

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.

Project information




Sistema GmbH, Austria

University for Continuing Education Danube University Krems, Austria

Municipality of Dugopolje, Croatia

Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency, Hungary

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenia

District Council Forchheim, Germany

Villa Ghigi Foundation, Italy



Published in Climate-ADAPT Nov 07 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Mar 01 2023

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