7 Most Endangered Programme 2024: Apply by 30 September 2023
All over Europe, our shared cultural heritage is faced with increasing threats: natural and human-made disasters, climate-change impacts, conflicts, neglect, unsuitable development or lack of funds. If you know of important heritage in Europe that is endangered, nominate it for the 7 Most Endangered programme 2024 and join us in our efforts to save our heritage! Both tangible and intangible heritage are eligible for the programme, regardless of whether it is publicly or privately owned.
Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to Europe’s and the world’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The 2024 edition of the 7 Most Endangered Programme especially invites nominations of heritage endangered by current or projected climate change hazards, including compounding and cascading risks. Nominations of heritage endangered by both slow onset events (sea level rise, changing seasonality) and rapid onset events (wildfires, extreme flooding) are welcomed.
Furthermore, in acknowledgment of the significant crises prevailing on our continent, including conflicts, post-conflict environments, and natural disasters, we strongly encourage applications from individuals and organisations who live in these affected areas.
Launched in 2013, the 7 Most Endangered Programme forms part of a civil society campaign to save Europe’s endangered heritage. In most cases, the listing of an endangered site serves as a catalyst and incentive for the mobilisation of necessary public or private support, including funding. The listed sites are also eligible for an EIB Heritage Grant of €10,000 per selected site to assist in implementing an agreed activity that will contribute to saving the threatened sites.
Discover here the 56 threatened monuments and heritage sites from 31 countries across Europe that have been selected since 2013.
Among the success stories of the 7 Most Endangered programme is the Wooden Church of Urși Village in Romania. The church was included together with a group of over 60 wooden churches across Transylvania and Oltenia on the 2014 list of 7 Most Endangered. With the close involvement of many partners, including the local community, and with support stemming from the 7 Most Endangered programme, the Wooden Church of Urși Village was fully restored from 2009 to 2020. The restoration of the church received a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award, a Grand Prix and the Public Choice Award in 2021.
The 7 Most Endangered Programme is run by Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural and Natural Heritage – in partnership with the European Investment Bank Institute. It also has the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of Europa Nostra’s network project “European Cultural Heritage Agora”.
Who can nominate?
- Europa Nostra’s Country Representations, Member and Associate Organisations (see the full list)
- Public and private bodies active in the heritage field located in countries where Europa Nostra is not yet represented
- Member organisations of the European Heritage Alliance
- Partners of the European Heritage Hub
- Individual members of Europa Nostra
For more information: Call for Nominations
For online submissions: www.7mostendangered.eu
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2023 (extended deadline)
Webinar “Why and how to submit a nomination for 7 Most Endangered Programme 2024”
Europa Nostra hosted the webinar “Why and how to submit a nomination for the 7 Most Endangered Programme 2024?” on 6 September 2023. The webinar outlined the background of the 7 Most Endangered Programme and provided practical information and tips on how to best prepare and submit your nominations.