Large-scale natural disasters and protracted conflicts lead to multifaceted humanitarian crises. Protecting cultural heritage under such circumstances is challenging. Yet amidst turmoil and anguish, the affected communities strive to safeguard their cultural heritage, as it provides them with a thread of continuity.
Aimed at strengthening local capacities for first aid (a set of interconnected emergency response procedures aimed at recovery) for cultural heritage during complex emergencies, the FAC initiative combines immersive international training with regional and national workshops, technical assistance during large-scale emergencies, with inputs from other emergency actors such as the civil defence, military and humanitarian sectors. The goal is to ensure that the affected communities are fully involved in the recovery of their own heritage.