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ARCH – Advancing Resilience of Historic Areas against Climate-related and other Hazards

What we are doing

While negative impacts of climate-related and other hazards on urban areas are widely discussed, their impacts on historic areas have not been studied extensively enough. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for historic areas, with their unique structure, composition, and set of regulations, call for advanced technologies, methods and tools as well as the promotion of relevant public policies and participatory governance processes, including residents from local communities and the general public. Therefore, there is a need to increase awareness of climate change impacts and disaster risk reduction on historic areas. To support decision-making at appropriate stages of the management cycle, different models, methods, tools, and datasets will be designed and developed. These include: technological means of determining the condition of tangible and intangible cultural objects, as well as large historic areas; information management systems for georeferenced properties of historic areas and hazards; simulation models for what-if analysis, ageing and hazard simulation; an inventory of potential resilience enhancing and reconstruction measures, assessed for their performance; a risk-oriented vulnerability assessment methodology suitable for both policy makers and practitioners; a pathway design to plan the resilience enhancement and reconstruction of historic areas; and an inventory of financing means, categorised according to their applicability in different contexts. The project ensures that results and deliverables are applicable and relevant by applying a co-creation process with local policy makers, practitioners, and community members. The results of the co-creation processes with the pilot cities will be disseminated to a broader circle of other European municipalities and practitioners.

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What we are achieving

ICLEI is responsible for several activities: Disseminate, communicate and exploit project results; Standardisation activities; Establish and maintain a framework to enable co-creation between research partners and city partners; Develop 'state-of-the-art' report on mainstreaming gender in building cultural heritage resilience; Review, map and characterise good practices Europe-wide in regard to making historic areas more resilient. This will be achieved by working with the pilot cities Bratislava (Slovakia), Camerino (Italy), Hamburg (Germany), and Valencia (Spain) to develop tools and methodologies that will be combined into a collaborative disaster risk management platform for local authorities and practitioners, the urban population, and (inter)national expert communities. These efforts will ensure project results that are applicable and useful in practice, supporting informed decision-making by local government leaders and technical staff, with a view to better protecting cultural heritage assets from climate impacts and other disasters.

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Art and Technology, Bratislava Municipal Monument Preservation Institute, Comenius University in Bratislava, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. Normenausschuss Fahrweg und Schienenfahrzeuge (FSF), Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Foundation of the Valencian Community for Strategic Promotion, Fraunhofer Institut, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Research for Science, SOGESCA, University of Camerino,

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