Promedhe Project in Cyprus

After the 1st PROMEDHE International Workshop Towards a Shared Model for the Protection of Mediterranean Cultural Heritage and Involved Communities During Disaster,  held in Rieti and Lucca from 27 to 29 September 2016, the PROMEDHE project (Protecting Mediterranean Cultural Heritage During Disasters) enters its second phase dedicated to training activities, that start with the 1stintroductory course on Union Civil Protection Mechanism and Assessment methodologies”. PROMEDHE foresees two editions for this introductory course, the first one to take place in Limassol, Cyprus, from 27 November to 2 December 2016, while the second from 29 January to 3 February.

25 delegates coming from the partner countries of the project, as well as representatives of those European countries considered virtuous in the field object of the course, will come to Cyprus to join the event. The course programme combines subjects from both the Introduction Course (CMI) and the Assessment Mission Course (AMC) held in the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The aim of the course is to teach knowhow and techniques internationally shared for the assessment of post-disaster needs, with particular reference to the damage to the cultural heritage.

The 5-day activities include a theoretical and a practical session. The first one provides information on the EU Civil protection Mechanism, the stakeholders involved in case of international emergencies, and the standards required at international level to undertake rapid need and capacities assessment following disaster. The exercise will take place in the districts of Limassol and Larnaca, thanks to the logistic support of the Cyprus Civil Defence, and will simulate a seismic event with severe damages to movable and immovable cultural heritage assets.

Once trained on the EU Civil Protection mechanism, the team will proceed to the second course on “Disaster Management and the Safeguard of the Cultural Heritage” that  focuses on the procedures related to cultural heritage protection, to be held between Spring and summer 2017.

The expected result is to create a pool of experts capable of operating during emergencies at regional and national level to safeguard cultural, artistic and archeological assets, which indeed represent an inestimable treasure for us and our future generations.  […]

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