The Key study on disaster risk management approaches and  practices in written cultural heritage is the first SAFECULT project result. It aimed at providing a corpus of materials (case studies, good practices, methods, guidelines, rules, and legal frames, etc.) based on the state of the art of disaster risk prevention and governance in the cultural Institutions of the EU and the rest of the world.


The R1 has been accomplished through a synergy of two actions. The first one included:

  • The elaboration of a critical review concerning the existing knowledge on climate changes related to natural disasters and the existing technologies, tools, and systems to assess environmental / disaster impact on cultural heritage assets.
  • The elaboration of critical review of current risk management approaches in the field, in terms of risk prevention, emergency intervention, and post-event action.

This action was achieved by an extensive study of the most important EU projects, international studies/reports in the field of disaster risk management, as well as national regulations and legal framework (A1 outcome) and training courses on disaster risk management (A2 outcome).

The second action aimed to assess the state of the art of emergency planning and disaster risk management adoption in the public and private cultural organizations in the partnering countries, and in general in the European area.


A survey based on a questionnaire of 27 open and multiple-choice questions has been conducted in 83 cultural institutions owning written heritage from 12 countries to obtain the actual picture of the degree of the internal organization of the participants with respect to disaster risk management (A3 outcome).

If you want to know more about the collected information and the conducted analysis, read here the entire document!