Protection of Monuments

In the framework of Earthquake Protection Policy in relation to the protection of Cultural Heritage, Trans-European Activities and Policies are promoted in Greece and abroad both by EPPO and ECPFE. The following took place in the period 2006-2011:

Conferences

ECPFE organized the following conferences in collaboration with EPPO under the aegis of the Council of Europe.

The results of the above Conferences were used in the preparation of the Draft Framework of the Regulatory Document for Structural Interventions and Seismic Protection of Monuments.

Participations – Representations in Conferences

  • On 24-25 November 2006, ECPFE was invited to participate in the Workshop entitled “Promote Local Cultures of Risk” that was organized by the European Center of Ravello. The following papers were presented:
    • “Τhe impact of earthquakes on monuments, Historical Buildings and Archaeological sites: Τhe Greek experience”, by Gerasimos Papadopoulos, Seismologist, Vice Chairman of the A.C. of ECPFE.
    • “Byzantine and Post Byzantine Antiseismic Constructional Τechniques: Τhe Mount Athos Monasteries example”, by Panayiotis Touliatos, Professor at NTUA, member of the S.C. of ECPFE.
  • On 25-29 August 2008, in the framework of the International Conference “International Disaster and Risk Conference”, that took place in Davos, Switzerland the side-event entitled “Cultural Heritage and Risk: Some European Experiences” was organized by the Council of Europe. ECPFE was represented by Mrs. Ritsa Papadimitriou, Professor of Geology at AUTH and member of the S.C. of ECPFE and Mrs. Evagelia Pelli, Civil Engineer, Msc, Head of the Earthquake Planning Division of EPPO, Deputy Director of ECPFE and member of the S.C. They presented the paper entitled: “Protecting Monuments and Historical Settings From the Next Earthquake» and also participated in the meeting under Dr Eladio Galliano, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe, for future actions on the Sector of Cultural Heritage Protection. (DAVOS PRESENTATION.pdf, DAVOS ABSTRACTS.pdf)

Study Groups

  • In the framework of the action “The protection of the integrity of monuments under seismic actions” a scientific study group was formed for the preparation and translation in English of the report entitled “Draft Framework Regulatory Document for Structural Interventions and Seismic Protection of Monuments” (2011).
  • A study group was formed for the preparation of the “Draft Framework of the Regulatory Document for Structural Interventions and Seismic Protection of Monuments” (2010), which will be the guide for the future Intergovernmental Committee EPPO – MINISTRY OF CULTURE.
  • Study group formed for “Geotechnical Issues and Issues of Soil-Monuments Interaction” (2009).

Special Actions

  • ECPFE participates in the group of experts on issues of Cultural Heritage Protection, along with other European Centers (Italy, FYROM, Portugal) for the promotion of a common European policy.
    • The 1st meeting of the Trans-European Group of the Council of Europe was organized in Athens under the title: “The impact of climate change to the vulnerability of Monuments” on 25 February 2009. Greece was represented by Prof. M. Petrakis, Director of the Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development of the National Observatory of Athens.
    • The 2nd meeting of the Trans-European Group of the Council of Europe was organized in Ravello, Italy under the title: “Vulnerability of Cultural Heritage regarding climate change” from 14 to 16 May 2009. (RAVELLO.pdf)
  • On 26 and 27 June 2006, at the invitation of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Evagelia Pelli, Civil Engineer Msc, Head of the Directorate of Seismic Design of EPPO and Substitute Director of ECPFE, member of the Scientific Committee of ECPFE, travelled to Paris for the promotion of Trans-European Cooperations with other European Centers of the Open Partial Agreement that have similar scopes and more specifically the European Centers of Ravello and FYROM. In this meeting Mrs. Evagellia Pelli presented a paper entitled “Earthquake Protection and Monuments”, which was posted in the webpage of the Council of Europe. (PARIS PRESENTATION.pdf).