Funding subject 12: Preservation and safeguarding of nationally valuable cultural assets from harmful environmental influences

Anthropogenic influences on the environment damage not only nature, but also nationally valuable cultural assets. The scope and type of damage inflicted by these influences have shifted in recent years. This is due, among other things, to the change in anthropogenic emissions and the effects of climate change as well as the way we handle chemicals that were formerly used for protection. In the interest of sustainable cultural heritage conservation, we need to develop new strategies, methods, procedures or products and apply and/or communicate them in an exemplary fashion.

Model projects in this area generally pursue an interdisciplinary approach, in particular involving the participation of small- and medium-sized enterprises and application-oriented research.

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In particular, the following measures are eligible:

  • Development and exemplary application of new methods, procedures and products for the protection of valuable national cultural assets against the impact of anthropogenic immissions

  • Development of strategies and concepts for preventive conservation, safeguarding and preservation as well as maintenance and care of valuable national cultural assets and historical cultural landscapes

  • Development and testing of procedures, methods and products for handling previous conservation methods and materials that have been harmful or even toxic

  • Continuing education programmes in the area of sustainable protection of cultural assets and historical cultural landscapes

  • Innovative measures for solving conflicts at the intersection of historic preservation, nature conservation and cultural landscape preservation, in particular with regards to urban spaces and energy-related land-use requirements

  • Projects for protecting cultural assets, in particular projects targeted at children and young people that focus on aspects of involvement and volunteer work or innovative conservation methods


Take a look at the flyer for further information and exemplary DBU-funded projects.

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