The selection process of the pilot areas in the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (ARA) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) is still ongoing.

Currently, the selected pilot area is located in PACA:

  • Barcelonnette (Val d’Ubaye)




BRGM’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA)

It is the regional office of the French Geological Survey. Its main competences and experiences are all over the risk management cycle, including to build training and crisis exercises for civil protection & local authorities, from scenario to back analysis.  BRGM is manager of national databases on risks and provides to decision makers some technical & scientific supports for risk prevention

BRGM’s role within the scope of CHEERS concerns natural hazard/vulnerability assessment/risk valuation/decision help for crisis. ì


IRSTEA Grenoble regional centre, Mountain Ecosystem Research Unit (EMGR)

IRSTEA works on applied research for producing concrete solutions to aid decision makers in risk plan prevention & natural risks prevention. In CHEERS project they contribute in forest ecosystem based solution for risk prevention and are responsible for the results dissemination in France.


New Technology and Risk Management Department of VALABRE Consortium (EPLFM)

The EPLFM belongs to the French Fire Services. Ministry of interior give to EPLFM responsibility to write specific national guidelines around the training and operational procedures in specific environments or risks. Its mission is to provide civil protection actors the bests technologies available for the management of the operations and the dissemination of the information in the phases of preparedness, response and lessons learned. According to its institutional role and duty in France, EPLFM will act to make sure that the plans and rescue technics and procedures developed within the scope of CHEERS can be apply by actors, can be trained and planned consistently with the current rescue and recovery standards adopted in Europe.



French partners have the support of 4 institutional observers.


French Committee of the Blue Shield (CFBB)

The CFBB goal is to encourage the safeguarding and respect of the cultural heritage by the prevention of risks and facilitate the intervention of the national community when cultural heritage is threatened. They will advise on methods for the evaluation of cultural assets and prioritization of salvaging, providing a point of view on reference techniques for protecting cultural heritage at risk, and following the simulation exercise.


Interdisciplinary Center for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (CICRP)

The CICRP analyses situations & issues and recommends the necessary interventions to define and implement a preventive conservation policy (establishment and works) in safeguarding heritage. CICRP will help to evaluate cultural assets and to prioritize salvaging interventions, along with assisting and evaluating the simulation exercises.


The Directorate-General for risk prevention (DGPR) of Ministery of ecological and solidarity transition (MTES)

It is interested in the way of taking cultural assets in account in the risk management. It is a technical & institutional support for CHEERS: it will share opinions on orientations and provide an institutional relay of the CHEERS results.


DRAC-PACA (Regional Direction for Cultural Affairs, Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region)

DRAC-PACA is an office of French Ministry of Culture engaged in the conservation and protection of cultural heritage at a region scale. It participates in the definition of public policies for protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage and supports organisations in their risk management plans. Within the scope of CHEERS, DRAC will advise on specific emergency plans for cultural heritage, assist and evaluate the simulation exercises.