European Centre on Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquakes (ECPFE), Athens
Cultural heritage, Vulnerable groups, Awareness-raising
Earthquakes can have devastating effects, especially in areas which are not prepared or unaware of the risk. The European Centre on Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquakes in Athens is focused on improving the administration of earthquake disasters by carrying out risk assessments of infrastructures and developing protection measures for the population, especially for disabled people.
European Centre for Rehabilitation of Buildings (ECBR), Bucharest
Cultural heritage, Post-disaster initiative, Awareness-raising, Vulnerable groups
Material damages caused by earthquakes must be assessed and taken into account, for example, in the reconstruction of buildings. This is one of the concerns of the European Centre for Rehabilitation of Buildings in Bucharest, Romania a EUR-OPA member state. It disseminates scientific and technical materials on risk reduction policies and rehabilitation of structures, and it also promotes awareness in the communities.
European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC), Ravello
Cultural heritage, Awareness-raising, Risk Governance
The loss of historical buildings and places is another threat posed by eartquakes. The European University Centre for Cultural Heritage in Ravello, Italy is one of the EUR-OPA centres working towards the preservation of cultural heritage. It comprises both education and research activities, and acts as advisor for multiple European organisations on seismic risk-assessment and prevention.