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Prince Clause Fund - Cultural Emergency Response (CER)

We provide quick help to evacuate, stabilise or rescue cultural heritage that is under imminent threat of destruction or that has been damaged by man-made or natural disasters through our Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER).

We implement emergency relief actions in direct cooperation with local partners in the affected communities. Through CER, we also organise the training of heritage rescuers and the development of a network of experts who can facilitate quick response wherever needed.

We often work in collaboration with other international heritage conservation organisations, such as UNESCO, ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution and the Whiting Foundation.

Why is it important? Culture connects individuals to our communities and their history. Safeguarding cultural heritage can contribute to better understanding and social acceptance of a community. It can strengthen communities’ sense of identity and give us the resilience to recover from conflict or natural disaster.

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Prince Clause Fund - Cultural Emergency Response (CER) Projects

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India, Manuscripts of the Dakhinpat Satra (Monastry) of Majuli

The saving and safeguarding of about 500 Sanchi-pat (made from the bark of Sanchi tree) manuscripts of Dakhinpat Satra (a Neo-Vaishnavism monastery).

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Tunisia, Manuscripts of the Sidi Moussa Jomni Complex

The Institut National du Patrimoine de Tunisie (INP) safeguards the manuscript collection of the Mausoleum of Sidi Moussa Jemni, located in the village of Matmata el Guedima, …

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Colombia, Pre-hispanic Inscriptions from the Samaná-Río Claro Karst Formations

Fundación Amazonas urgently documented five unique archaeological sites in the Samaná-Río Claro Karst Formations. The sites contain pictographs (drawn) and petroglyphs (carve…

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Turkey, Manuscripted and Printed Heritage of Syriac Community

The Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (KMKD) safeguarded the manuscripted and printed heritage of the Syriac community located in Mardin, a region in the sou…

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Philippines The 17th to 19th Century Maranao Manuscript Collections

This project, proposed by the Grupo Kalinangan Inc., aims to save the Maranao Manuscripts of the region of Lanao, Philippines. The Maranao Manuscripts, mostly still owned by t…

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Antigua and Barbuda, National Archives of Antigua and Barbuda

The National Archives of Antigua and Barbuda will fix the roof of the archive building - which is leaking significantly due to damage caused by the 2017 hurricanes.

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Guinea-Bissau, Safeguarding the National Library of Guinea-Bissau

The collection of the National Library of Guinea-Bissau holds 52.200 of the most important (historical) documents of the country and is the only one of its kind.

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Sri Lanka, Conservation and Preservation of the Palm Leaf Manuscript Collection

Heavy rains, humidity, the monsoon season and a severe insect, fungus and rodent infestation have damaged and are threatening the extensive collection of palm leaf manuscripts…

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Uganda, The Uganda Society Library

The Uganda Society Library, housed in the Uganda Museum in Kampala, preserved the collection by restoring damaged volumes, making the storage facilities safer and digitising t…

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