Climate change poses a significant threat to communities across Europe, which also means that our shared cultural heritage and landscapes are vulnerable. Subsequently, the significant contributions these cultural assets make are at risk, including our shared wellbeing, social cohesion, identity, local economy, territorial attractiveness, and environmental sustainability. To protect cultural heritage and landscapes is a key part of the conversation around climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, alongside other challenges facing heritage assets, like pollution and over-tourism.
RescueME will equip communities, especially those in coastal areas, with enhanced paradigms and supporting tools for protecting cultural heritage and landscapes.
RescueME is a Horizon Europe project focused on a landscape approach to resilience, aiming to protect cultural heritage and landscapes. RescueME mobilizes resources, engages stakeholders, facilitates decision making, and enhances the implementation of co-created and just resilience solutions to protect our common heritage.
- An Actionable Resilient Historic Landscape (RHL) Framework will help to guide communities in a just transition to protect shared heritage.
- At the same time, RescueME partners will develop a Decision Support System, a “One-Stop Shop” for digital tools, and a meta-repository of resilience solutions and culture-focused strategies, among other resources.
- Resilience landscape laboratories, or “R-Labscapes,” have been established in coastal communities across Europe, and will test and co-create cutting-edge RescueME approaches:
- Psiloritis in Creta (Greece);
- Neuwerk in Hamburg (Germany);
- Portovenere, Cinque Terre & the Islands (Italy);
- València (Spain); and
- The city of Zadar (Croatia).