IRMO is one of the eight partners in the Interreg Central Europe project „ForHeritage: Excellence for integrated heritage management in Central Europe“, awarded in the last Interreg CE call. The project, in line with the rules of this last call, aims to capitalise on existing knowledge from previous projects related to integrated approaches for the effective management of cultural heritage sites and buildings. Innovative tools prepared within previously funded EU-projects (FORGET HERITAGE, RESTAURA, IFISE, CLIC) concern different topics relating to heritage management such as participatory and good governance, public-private partnership in heritage revitalization, financial instruments for heritage, heritage training, heritage management plans, which will be revised, adjusted and tested on the pilots in each of the four countries involved in the project: Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. In each of these countries, a local or regional authority and a supporting organisation participate to jointly capitalise on outputs from previous EU projects, whose implementation at the local level remains below expectations, thus transnational cooperation is needed. Pilots where the tools will be tested include selected heritage assets: Benčić complex in Rijeka – Croatia, Cascina Vecchia in Cuneo – Italy, Pomeranian Dukes Castle – Poland, and Vodnik Homestead in Ljubljana – Slovenia.
At the same time, impact assessment of cultural heritage will be performed. Since the complexity and novelty of the mentioned tools didn’t allow for their practical implementation in the past, the ForHeritage project will exploit them following a down-streaming approach pushing results into the practice of regions. The focus of the project is on the enhancement of managerial and socio-economic approach to heritage hoping to fill the gap with regard to the capacities of regional and local actors responsible for heritage management. The city Rijeka as European Capital of Culture 2020 will support dissemination of project results.
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