Enhanced collaboration and reach for research and innovation to tackle impacts of hydroclimatic extremes on cultural heritage.


Developing innovative tools and strategies to enable collaboration between diverse stakeholders in Europe and beyond to inclusively address sustainable management of cultural heritage threatened by hydroclimatic extreme events.

SD-WISHEES strives to enhance collaboration with widening countries to the Horizon Europe Programme through the launch of joint activities.

SD-WISHEES project aims to enable strategic coordination and cross-sector collaboration between national (R&I) funding members, researchers, innovators and a wide variety of stakeholders to address together the protection of cultural heritage in Europe and beyond in response to more and more frequent and severe hydroclimatic extreme events such as droughts and floods.

Cultural heritage here refers to historical sites, natural sites and intangible assets (i.e. knowledge, traditions).

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) | Coordinator

Management and Coordination

Management of administrative, human, legal and financial resources | Coordination with European Commission and other JPIs, Horizon Europe Partnerships, international R&I initiatives, Horizon Europe Missions, and organizations working in the field of cultural heritage protection such as:

Climate Heritage Network
The New European Bauhaus
Mission on Climate Change Adaptation
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
The AAS’ vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science.
Africa Academy of Sciences (AAS) | Lead partner
Strategic planning of activities

Identification the main R&I needs on the water-climate change-cultural heritage links within the ERA and, therefore, drive the strategic planning of the collaboration across Europe and in widening countries, specifically including in the Balkans and Africa | Results from the activities will also inform the identification of the priority thematic areas that will feed into the consideration of the Thematic Annual Programming (TAP).

Agence Nationale de la Researche (ANR) | Lead partner

Launch and monitoring of joint activities

Definition of SD-WISHEES thematic priorities in a “Vision document” | Organization of collaborative activities between partners from within and outside the SD-WISHEES consortium: in particular a Thematic Annual Programming (TAP) action, seeking the networking of projects funded by national programmes.

The Global Sustainable Enterprise System
GSES leads the way towards a universal language for organisations to act on sustainability.
GSES Management B.V. (GSES) | Lead partner
Communication, dissemination and outreach

Dedicated to the external and internal communication, outreach and dissemination of expertise regarding the impacts of hydroclimatic extreme events and cultural heritage.
Foresight the impact measurement and legacy assessment of SD-WISHEES.
Promotion of transparent and clear information to all stakeholders.

Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA) | Lead partner

Strengthening widening and alignment R&I strategies

Supporting the EU widening and alignment R&I strategies by identifying best practices for the protection of cultural heritage in response to hydroclimatic extreme events | Addressing the understanding of existing barriers in participating in transnational R&I initiatives.

Climate Change
in the Future
Fast Changing World
Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) | Lead partner
Supporting and widening Research & Innovation uptake for market, regulatory, and societal impact

Aiming to enhance the uptake of research and innovation (R&I) results by identifying effective practices and exploring innovation pathways for protecting and adapting cultural heritage from hydroclimatic extreme events with a specific focus on improving the interaction between science, policy, and society | Analysis of existing mechanisms and instruments for disseminating and utilizing R&I results |Engagement of stakeholders, including research organizations, private sector users, policy makers, practitioners, and NGOs to co-develop and demonstrate instruments that promote the adoption and appropriate utilization of R&I results across Europe and widening countries (in particular Africa and West Balkans).

Project Aid | Associated partner

Human Rights-Based Approach

Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) is considered in all aspects of the project to ensure that the selection of stakeholders is non-discriminatory, participation is inclusive, data is treated with respect and transparency, and that systems are in place to create accountability and respect people’s opinions such that a more innovative and sustainable outcome is achieved.

In SD-WISHEES, the Water JPI, the JPI Climate and PRIMA have joined forces to address existing challenges around the protection, adaptation and resilience of cultural heritage in a context of climate change and the occurrence of hydroclimatic extreme events.
The outcomes of SD-WISHEES come in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Green Deal and Adaptation Strategy.
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