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Paper title Space4Culture – The importance of stimulating a multi-stakeholder dialogue to enhance the use of satellite applications to monitor, safeguard and value cultural and natural heritage: feedback from the Eurisy experience
  1. Marco Tomassetti Eurisy Speaker
  2. Grazia Maria Fiore EURISY (European association of space agencies)
  3. Annalisa Donati
Form of presentation Poster
  • D2. Sustainable Development
    • D2.12 Cultural and Natural Heritage
Abstract text The effects of climate change, rising urbanisation, tourism and conflicting land uses, among
others, threaten both cultural and natural heritage around the world. Given the value of
cultural and natural heritage, all available technologies and tolls should be put in place to
ensure their valorisation and safeguard. Recognising this necessity, the European Commission
together with the Council and the European Parliament, agreed on establishing a European
Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 (EYCH2018) which drew attention to the opportunities
offered by the European cultural heritage as well as the challenges it faces. This fostered
discussions on the opportunity to create a dedicated Copernicus service for cultural heritage
and also fostered discussions on how new technologies and digital services can support the
renaissance of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Europe.

In 2018 Eurisy launched the “Space4Culture” initiative, aimed at fostering the use of satellite
technologies to monitor, preserve and enhance cultural heritage. The Space4Culture initiative
intends to give an overview of the different perspective and interests which shape the field of
space applications in the cultural and creative domains. Eurisy comes in to find new user
communities and acts as a facilitator and a matchmaker, with the conviction that it is not
enough to bring space to people or to new user communities: it is about acting as a “space
integrator” or a “space broker”. In 2018, on the occasion of EYCH2018, Eurisy implemented a
two-days conference on this topic, showcasing how operational satellite services support the
management of historical cities, provide crucial information to safeguard heritage and
enhance the creation of innovative cultural and artistic experiences.

The success stories collected by Eurisy show the distinctive added-value of satellite
applications to identify and study cultural heritage sites, to monitor natural heritage sites, and
to assess and prevent potential damage, be it man-made or a consequence of climate change
and geo-hazards.

Satellites can represent a game-changer for cultural heritage management. Therefore, it is
fundamental to make satellite data more easily available to public administrations and to raise
awareness on the profitability of investments in the aerospace field to also benefit sectors
which one might not think of. However, it is also crucial to make sure that the research conducted by universities and space agencies effectively reach public administrations in charge of managing heritage. At the same time, such administrations shall
be duly involved in the development of new satellite-based services targeting natural and
cultural heritage, and their operational needs and procedures should be taken into account.

In addition, there is the need for a holistic approach on the management of cultural and
natural heritage that brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, space agencies and
European institutions, and the political authorities responsible for managing heritage at the
local level. Eurisy is eager to stimulate such dialogue and to showcase its innovative approach
in fostering the development and use of satellite-based applications to better manage and
safeguard heritage. To do this, the association makes available articles, case-studies and
videos showcasing testimonials from cultural and natural heritage managers at the local and
regional levels.