Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, seen from Vallorcine (French Alps, 2009). © BRGM - François Michel

CHEERS: protecting the cultural heritage from natural risks

03.18.2019
The BRGM is one of the 12 partners of the CHEERS project, funded by the European Alpine Space programme and launched in April 2018. The project is working on protection of the cultural heritage from natural risks, and especially on managing and preserving cultural assets during a crisis.

The BRGM is one of the 12 partners of the CHEERS project, funded by the European Alpine Space programme and launched in April 2018. The project is working on protection of the cultural heritage from natural risks, and especially on managing and preserving cultural assets during a crisis.

The cultural heritage is key to the identity of Alpine areas and vital to their economy.  However, their geographical situation and topography expose these areas to a great many natural hazards, with consequences for their heritage that can be catastrophic. At present, these phenomena do not seem to be adequately taken into account in the preservation of the Alpine heritage.

Château de Campo Tures (Italy). © Thinkstock - zakaz86

Château de Campo Tures (Italy). © Thinkstock - zakaz86

Aims of the CHEERS project and expected results

The CHEERS project (Cultural HEritagE. Risks and Securing activities) is designed to provide local government agencies in the Alps with know-how and expertise in risk assessment, conservation and promotion of the cultural heritage and emergency planning, in order to improve their knowledge and awareness of the impacts of natural risks on their cultural heritage.

The project will be designing tools for the national and transboundary scale and guidelines for governance and intervention to protect the cultural heritage from natural risks.

The BRGM's role

The BRGM is involved in all 4 project components:

  • WP1: Value and vulnerability of the Alpine cultural heritage
  • WP2: Methodologies for assessing natural hazards and the vulnerability of cultural assets
  • WP3: Approaches and techniques to protect heritage assets
  • WP4: Emergency and rescue plans

The BRGM is specifically responsible for WP3, which aims to:

  • Review potential damage to heritage assets
  • Compile existing documentation (guides and tools) on protecting heritage assets from natural phenomena
  • Produce a review of governance for the management and protection of the Alpine heritage
  • Propose and conduct training on integrating natural risks in the interests of cultural heritage management

Project partners

  • Italy: FLA - Lombardy Foundation for the Environment (project leader), UCSC - Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, TCI - Touring Club of Italy
  • France. BRGM, IRSTEA, EPLFM - Valabre Consortium
  • Slovenia SFI - Slovenian Forestry Institute, CUDHg Idrija - Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre
  • Austria: BFW - Austrian Research Centre for Forests, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Germany: RCC - Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society
  • Switzerland: SUPSI - University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Each of the CHEERS project partners work with observers who are directly concerned by the project's results and directly involved in discussions, to ensure that the project deliverables meet the needs of players on the ground as closely as possible.

The observers working with the BRGM are:

  • DRAC PACA - Directorate for Cultural Affairs for the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur Region
  • CICRP - Interdisciplinary centre for heritage conservation and restoration 
  • CFBB - French Blue Shield Committee
  • MTES / DGPR - Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition / Directorate-General for Risk Prevention

TO FIND OUT MORE

Visit the CHEERS website

BRGM - 3 avenue Claude-Guillemin - BP 36009 45060 Orléans Cedex 2 - France Tel.: +33 (0)2 38 64 34 34