It will help local authorities understand, plan and develop resilience strategies that adapt to their specific needs
The ARCH - Advancing Resilience of Historic Areas against Climate-related and other Hazards project has developed a disaster risk management framework for assessing and improving the resilience of historic areas to climate change and natural hazards.
By means of a co-creation approach, ARCH has designed new tools and methodologies to help local authorities understand, plan and develop resilience strategies that adapt to their specific needs, focusing especially on historic areas.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our planet today: droughts, heat waves, floods and storms are just a few of the events that happen globally. Cities face other natural threats, like earthquakes, for example, which will affect cultural heritage in many different ways. They will have to deal with frequent extreme events in future years.
ARCH Resilience Measures Inventory
One of these tools is the ARCH Resilience Measures Inventory (RMI), a database to improve the resilience of cultural heritage against climate change, developed by TECNALIA. It was recently presented at the European Urban Resilience Forum by Saioa Zorita, Climate Change Researcher, in a session aimed at enhancing resilience by means of interactive games.
This inventory has been designed to help identify measures to improve the resilience of historic areas, taking into account both urban and agricultural heritage.
The assessment of these measures will help to improve the resilience of historic areas against climate change, and help cities to be prepared for future disasters and reduce risks.
These tools and methodologies have been developed thanks to an ongoing commitment with technical partners, as well as with the four pilot cities: Hamburg (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Camerino (Italy) and Valencia (Spain).
This project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 EU research and innovation program, in accordance with Subsidy Agreement number 820999.