Network of Regional Hubs

Success in protecting cultural heritage in crisis situations depends on available local infrastructure and the preparedness of local actors to respond quickly and effectively.

To strengthen this capacity, CER is decentralizing its activities by creating a network of regional CER hubs. In partnership with local heritage rescue organizations in vulnerable areas around the world, we create go-to centres for cultural emergency expertise and response. Our regional hubs ensure regional coordination, available expertise and means for faster, locally driven, and tailored cultural emergency response. Hubs are part of a global network for exchange and support, mentoring, learning and sustainability opportunities.

By embedding heritage rescue capacity and coordination locally, we aim to create the needed infrastructure for quicker and better cultural emergency response in areas where it matters most.

Decentralisation is the future of heritage rescue

CER’s decentralisation efforts expand and sustain an international network of mutually supportive regional entities that can manage emergency preparedness and the rescue and preservation of cultural heritage. We aim to enable emergency response efforts to become locally driven, faster, more effective and more sustainable. However, the ultimate goal is to make heritage protection more inclusive by collaborating with local and national actors in decision-making when it comes to the protection of their cultural heritage. This, in our view, is the future of heritage preservation.

To realize this goal, we are looking for strong partnerships. If you want to know more or are interested in working with us please reach out via

More on our Regional Hubs
  • Develop and organize regional capacity-building programmes on cultural emergency response;
  • Provide cultural first aid training and adapt heritage preservation skills to local and regional contexts;
  • Build deployable teams and mechanisms to enable trained cultural rescue workers connect with others in the field, brush up their skills and register their availability for deployment;
  • Coordinate and respond to cultural emergencies in the region;
  • Engage in proactive activity such as mapping vulnerable sites and developing preparedness and mitigation plans in consultation with local communities;
  • Raise awareness, lobby for and advocate the importance of heritage preservation in regional emergency relief efforts.
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