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SHELTER - Sustainable Historic Environments hoListic reconstruction through Technological Enhancement and community based Resilience

end:  31.05.2023.start:  01.06.2019.
The overall objective of the SHELTER project is to establish cross-scale, multidimensional, data driven and community based operational knowledge framework for heritage-led and conservation-friendly resilience enhancement and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas to cope with climate change and natural hazards.

The project is going to be implemented by the consortium of partners (24 in total) led by the Tecnalia from Spain. The Sava Commission is one of project partners.

The project results are expected to contribute to:
• Enhanced resilience and reduced vulnerability of historic areas to climate change and other natural hazards, also accounting for their synergistic impact
• Improved reconstruction and economic and social recovery of historic areas by local authorities and communities through the use of new knowledge and tools.

The Sava River basin is one of the case studies – Open Labs (five in total in Europe with different heritage’s typologies and hazards) for which all the developments of the project will be validated against flood hazard worsened by climate change (increase of intense precipitation).

Lack and need for the GIS format based spatial data on cultural-historical heritage in the Sava River basin, is recognized within the development of the Flood Risk Management Plan for the Sava River Basin which was coordinated by the Sava Commission. For definition of the flood risk and potential adverse consequences, for all flood receptors, there were enough available input data in the expected spatial format, except for the data on cultural-historical heritage. Therefore the SHELTER project will aim to collect all input data on the cultural-historical heritage from the relevant national institutions within the Sava River basin. The collected data will be checked, refined and consolidated in a properly structured way for storing in the Geographical Information System of the Sava River Basin for the purpose of processing and managing by the Sava Geoportal (www.savagis.org) and related web-based tools to be able to create and support services-based data exchange. A state of the art GIS based layers will be prepared within the project which will be used for the flood impact analyses on the receptor of cultural-historical heritage within the flood risk management planning as well as for many other analysis related to the climate change adaptation.

Given that the flood risk management is primarily a national responsibility, a comprehensive analysis of current procedures related to the cultural-historical heritage protection in each of the five Sava River basin countries will be also performed as a first step towards the possible upgrade of the national procedures. Also, one or a few the most vulnerable sites of cultural-historical heritage within the Areas of mutual interest for flood protection in the Sava River basin (AMIs), defined by the Sava FRMP, is going to be deeply analyzed. For this analysis, previously collected data on cultural-historical heritage and data on flood depths (flood maps) will be used. The outcomes of the analysis will be documented in a report that would serve as basis for preparation of a common strategy for the improved and regionally harmonized flood risk procedures related to the cultural-historical heritage protection under the responsibility of the national flood planning and emergency management services in all five riparian countries, including recommendations for the enhancement of the flood risk management planning within Sava FRMP and forecasting and warning processes within the Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the Sava River Basin.

Knowledge transfer and capacity building on the flood related GIS products, services and procedures related to cultural-historical heritage protection in the Sava River basin will be also performed within the project period. Several workshops will be organized in the development phase to exchange best practices between the Sava open lab and wider, supporting the development of a common strategy for the improved and regionally harmonized flood procedures related to the cultural-historical heritage protection. Experts from the relevant institutions from the cultural-historical heritage protection sector will be highly involved in this activity. In addition, trainings for operational use and promotion of new tools and products and for the end users will be organized in the implementation phase.