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Cultural Emergency Response (CER)

The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme of the Prince Claus Fund provides first aid to cultural heritage damaged by man-made or natural disaster. CER was launched in 2003 in reaction to the looting and demolition of artworks from the National Museum of Iraq. Rescuing cultural heritage provides hope and consolation to affected communities and thereby contributes to restoring human dignity, continuity and a sense of identity. Culture is a basic need and cultural emergency relief should therefore be an integral part of humanitarian aid. 

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Leh Old Town

The Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme teamed up with the Tibet Heritage Fund and the Leh Old Town Initiative in Leh, India on May 14, 2014. Leh is a unique city with great historical and architectural significance. The symposium discussed how Leh, one of the last townscapes of its kind in the Himalayan region, can be best preserved and restored.

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Safeguarding Heritage

The Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team completed the First Aid to Cultural Heritage training programme in Cairo – an initiative supported by the Prince Claus Fund. For the final exam, a simulated explosion tested the groups' ability to safeguard objects from a collapsed site, retrieve them from the rubble, evacuate them, assess the damage and safely store them. These heritage experts will now return to their home regions throughout Egypt to put their new skills into practice.

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10 years of CER

The Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme celebrated its 10th anniversary on 11 November 2013. Following a closed consultation with 17 international experts, three CER partners participated in a public forum in Amsterdam: Abdelkader Haidara of SAVAMA DCI (Mali) Abdelhamid Saleh of the Egyptian Earth Construction Association; and Pimpim de Avezedo of the Tibet Heritage Fund

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New CER Collaboration

The Prince Claus Fund and Global Heritage Fund have committed to a new partnership that will enable both organisations to more efficiently respond to cultural emergencies. Through this collaboration, both organisations will significantly enhance the capacity of the other in terms of human resources, expertise and financial capacity

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Khisht-i-Kopruk

The Prince Claus Fund supported the publication of Life of an Afghan Hammam, which describes the restoration of the historic Khisht-i-Kopruk hammam. Through this book, the Prince Claus Fund and its local partner AFIR wish to share this best practice experience with others working in the field

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Furnaces in Kaya

The traditional furnaces of Kaya, Burkina Faso represent the most diverse manifestations of metallurgical engineering, but 11 of the 13 were destroyed by torrential rains in 2012. The Prince Claus Fund supports the restoration and reconstruction of the collapsed furnaces as part of a broader project aimed at securing the site in the long term

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fundación restoration

CER supports the restoration of the historical building that is home to the Fundación Escuela Taller de Caldas (“Foundation School Workshop”), which was severely affected by the rains that struck western Colombia in 2011

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Ancient Rock Art

With a contribution of 15.000 euro the Trust for African Rock Art raises awareness on the immediate threats to the ancient rock art sites in Kisii, Kenya

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Al-Fakahani Mosque

To prevent immediate collapse of a part of the roof of the Al-Fakahani Mosque, built centuries ago in the hearth of  mediaeval Cairo, CER support emergency interventions until further funding is secured for a full-scale conservation

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House of Wonders

The corner of the veranda of the House of Wonders in Zanzibar collapsed on the evening of 1 December 2012. There were fortunately no casualties but the situation is causing a grave risk to the public outside as it is feared the building will further collapse

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TEFAF 2013

The Prince Claus Fund and TEFAF display their collaboration to save culture at risk at the European Fine Art Fair TEFAF. TEFAF has supported the Cultural Emergency Response Programme of the Prince Claus Fund since 2008

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Manuscripts Timbuktu

For months, Malians from all layers of society have collaborated to evacuate centuries-old manuscripts from Timbuktu, supported by the Prince Claus Fund

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Rare Murals

The Wat Pa Klang Thung temple, which literally means 'Forest Monastery in the Middle of the Field', is an isolated Theravada Buddhist monastery on the west bank of Pathum Thani province in Thailand, built around the year 1815. The Wat Pa Klang Thung ordination hall was affected by flooding for nearly 4 months, from September to December 2011

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contact

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Deborah Stolk 
Coordinator Cultural Emergency Response 

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procedure

Organisations or individuals seeking support of the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response are kindly requested fill in the application form below and send it to cer@princeclausfund.nl.

 

PROJECT PROPOSAL CER (English)

PROPOSITION DE PROJECT CER (French)

PROPUESTA DE PROYECTO CER (Spanish)

 

If you would like submit a project proposal for a Damage Assessment Mission, please fill out the application form below and send it to cer@princeclausfund.nl.


DAMAGE ASSESSMENT MISSION FORM  (English)

MISSION D’ÉVALUATION DES DOMMAGES FORMULAIRE (French)

MISIÓN DE EVALUACIÓN DE DAÑOS FORMA (Spanish)

 

 

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