Zagreb, Croatia, 07 Oct 2019

First Open Lab workshop Sava River Basin

The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), established to promote cooperative basin management following the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, held the first Open Lab workshop for its SHELTER project in Zagreb, Croatia, on October 2.

The overall objective of the European Commission-funded SHELTER project (Sustainable Historic Environments hoListic reconstruction through Technological Enhancement and community-based Resilience), is to address the relationship between cultural and historical heritage and disaster risks in Europe. In five Open Labs across Europe innovative concepts (technologies, tools and approaches) to enhance resilience will be tested and demonstrated. IHE Delft is responsible for the coordination of the Open Labs.

Organized jointly with UNESCO and the SHELTER project partners, Technalia, UNESCO and IHE Delft, this first of seven “Open Lab” workshops brought representatives from the Sava River basin management authorities (Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) together with stakeholders responsible for maintaining the UNESCO cultural heritage sites within basin area. The workshop marks the start of a 4 years process to assess the flood vulnerability of cultural heritage sites in the Sava basin through providing a common platform, effective means for data sharing and dissemination, and ways to explore and bridge current divides between stakeholders involved in flood versus heritage management, given the current focus on flood recovery.

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