It is a civil society campaign, launched for the first time in 2013, to save Europe’s endangered heritage; it is run by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute and with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
The scope of the initiative is to raise awareness, propose recommendations for action and seeks to rally support to save the selected endangered sites.
In addition, the 7 Most Endangered Program provides the possibility for the 7 selected sites to be eligible for an EIB Heritage Grant of up to 10,000 euros to start the implementation of actions, studies or assistance measures for the threatened site.
The applications will be discussed by an international advisory panel, comprising specialists in history, archaeology, architecture, conservation and finance, who shortlist the most endangered monuments and sites; the final list of 7 sites will be selected by the Board of Europa Nostra.
Each case will be evaluated by teams of experts representing Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, together with the organizations that nominated the sites. These multidisciplinary teams will provide expert advice, identify possible sources of funding and help mobilize broad support to save these heritage landmarks. They will also provide a number of recommendations for future action.
The call requires to provide a series of specific information to evaluate the state of the site: in addition to the description of the designated site, its specific value for the local community and in the European dimension must be specified as well as the damage already incurred, its current state, what are the threats (natural, man-made or both) and the likely path of deterioration, if corrective measures are not taken;
further information to be provided concern the actions necessary to save the site and the short and long term strategy for their implement.
What are you waiting for? Do you know an endangered heritage gem in Europe? Nominate it for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2022!
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