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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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Rock Art Conference

The Prince Claus Fund´s Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme recently participated in the conference African Rock Art at Risk in Agadir, Morocco. This three-day workshop welcomed participants from across the African continent, representing countries from Mozambique to Mauritania. The workshop was organised by the Prince Claus Fund, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) based in Nairobi, Kenya 

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Emergency Restoration

The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme has supported the urgent stabilisation of the Saspol Caves in Northern India. These painted caves are a holy site with an impressive history, still used by the local community today as a place of worship. Severe weather conditions have destabilised these mountainside structures and caused damage to the images within.

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Albania's Heritage

In partnership with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB, Albania), the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme has supported the restoration of both the Haderi and Gurgai tower houses in the UNESCO World Heritage site Gjirokastra. Gjirokastra is a rare example in the Balkans of a well-preserved Ottoman-influenced town and a testimony to the late medieval merchant culture that once existed in Albania.

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Evacuation of Nepal's...

On 25 April 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Himalayan region, causing the partial collapse of the Living Traditions Museum of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The Prince Claus Fund supported the immediate evacuation of over 400 museum objects before aftershocks destroyed the building. This Cultural Emergency Response action came just in time as an evacuation after the Museum’s collapse would have been impossible.

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Photo Archive Rescue

In June 2014, the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme joined forces with African Photography Initiatives (APHI, Switzerland) to prevent the destruction of a significant photo archive in the Cameroonian capital of Douala 

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Saving Nepal's Heritage

In a joint effort to cope with the challenges Nepal’s heritage faces in the aftermath of the 25 April earthquake, the Prince Claus Fund has joined together with ICCROM, ICOMOS, the Smithsonian Institution and ICOM to carry out intensive training in Kathmandu to salvage and protect cultural heritage.

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New Collaboration

The Prince Claus Fund is excited to announce the launch of a two-year collaboration with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA). Under this collaboration, both organisations will pool their experience, financial resources, and networks to stop destruction of rock art sites across the African continent. 

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First Aid to Heritage

From 30 March to 24 April 2015, 21 professionals from risk-prone areas such as Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti, Philippines, Syria and Ukraine convened in Amsterdam to participate in the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, jointly organized by ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission of UNESCO, and 11 national institutions including the Prince Claus Fund. Read the press release here:  

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CER Reflections

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Prince Claus Funds’ Cultural Emergency Response programme, the Fund organised an international expert meeting entitled Culture Is A Basic Need Revisited.  A number of reflections on the most important discussion points are included in this report, illustrating potential new paths for CER whilst also providing a tool for similar organisations operating within the field

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First aid training

The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme supported a ‘First Aid for Culture’ workshop for Malian heritage professionals in Kangaba, Mali from 7 to 10 September 2015. This workshop was held by La Mission Culturelle de Kangaba, a local cultural organisation that supports the preservation and promotion of Malian culture and heritage.

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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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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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Review

Review: Prince Claus 2013 Cultural Emergency Response Programme is now available online and in print. Review: Prince Claus 2013 Cultural Emergency Response Programme is the sixth publication in a series of reviews. 

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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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contact

For organisations or individuals seeking support from the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response Programme, please contact Deborah Stolk, Coordinator Cultural Emergency Response at cer@princeclausfund.nl for more information.

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procedure

For more information about CER’s criteria and procedures please click below

 

 

 

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latest CER activities

First Aid training for Malian heritage professionals

    The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme supported a ‘First Aid for Culture’ workshop for Malian... en savoir plus


Conference on African rock art under threat

The Prince Claus Fund´s Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) recently supported and attended the conference African Rock Art at Risk in Agadir, Morocco. The workshop... en savoir plus


emergency restoration of painted caves in...

The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme has supported the urgent stabilisation of the Saspol Caves in Northern... en savoir plus


Moving Worlds- Evaluation of the Prince Claus...

This report describes the interim evaluation of the Prince Claus Fund’s programme 2012-2016 as agreed with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2011.

 

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Successful benefit 'Amsterdam for Cultural...

On 6 October 2015, the benefit ‘Amsterdam for Cultural Expression’ took place at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. The proceeds... en savoir plus