SUSTCULT: Achieving SUSTainability through an integrated approach to the management of CULTural heritage

Programme: South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme – priority 4

Starting: 01/01/2011

Duration: 36 months

Lead Partner: City of Venice

Partnership: SUSTCULT involves 12 institutions from 7 countries (Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Romania and Hungary, FYROM and Albania) constituting a well-balanced partnership with a strong territorial relevance. 3 local authorities, 1 National authority, 2 universities, 3 development agencies, 1 chamber of commerce and industry, 1 NGO and 1 international organisation (observer).

•    City of Venice – Italy
•    University of Ca’ Foscari – Interuniversity Centre for Research and Advanced Learning – Italy
•    University of Nova Gorica –  Slovenia
•    Regional Development Agency of Northern Primorska ltd. Nova Gorica –  Slovenia
•    European of Cultures Forum: Adriatic-Ionian Chapter (CulturePolis) – Greece
•    National Institute for Heritage – Romania
•    Local Development Agency of Bacau – Romania
•    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Veszprém – Ungery
•    Municipality of Ohrid – Rupublic of Macedonia
•    Municipality of Berat – Albania
•    Regional Directorate of National Culture – Albania
•    UNESCO Venice Office – Italy

Project Presentation:

Many valuable heritage sites in the South East Europe region are under pressure. Improving the effectiveness of cultural sites management is a priority and a great cultural and political challenge throughout the region.

The SUSTCULT approach is that cultural heritage has a social and ecological intrinsic significance which shall be safeguarded as a source of sustainable development (SD).

The SUSTCULT project’s main objective is to improve the effectiveness of heritage sites management through the development of a common methodology capable of valorising the complexity of the SEE cultural heritage.

The expected joint results of the project are:
•    Improved local and transnational collaboration through the involvement of key stakeholders;
•    Increased awareness among wider public and stakeholders of the SEE heritage value and its potential for attracting financial resources and sustainable growth;
•    Shared knowledge and geo-referenced information on cultural heritage;
•    Transferable framework for the sustainable management of heritage;
•    Greater institutional capacity in management and promotion of heritage;
•    Greater use of ICT for mapping and promoting cultural resources;
•    Improved management and integration of cultural heritage sites in planning instruments;
•    Better understanding and knowledge of market opportunities and strategies for increasing attractiveness of targeted sites and income generation.

Project Manager:  Prof. Umberto Margiotta
Researcher: Katia Basili
Researcher: Annalisa Zapperini
Financial administration: Roberta D’Argenio
Web Project Manager:  Roberta Scuttari
Secretary: Silvana Adami