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URBANPROIECT and CSAU involved in the ARCHEOSITES project
May 3, 2006

The ARCHEOSITES project

CSAU, together with URBANPROIECT, is involved in the ARCHEOSITES ("spAtial integRated enhanCement of arcHaEOlogical SITES") project, developed within the European Initiative INTERREG III B CADSES (www.cadses.net). The leading partner is the Italian Molise Region – the other partners in the project are: Marche Region, Umbria Region and Federculture, Italy, the State Service for Heritage Management in Brandenburg and Archaeological State Museum, Germany, the Commission for the Preservation of the National Monuments, Republic of Bosnia Herzegovina, the Regional Institute for the protection of cultural heritage from Montenegro, Republic of Yugoslavia and Montenegro, URBANPROIECT and CSAU, Romania, Claustra Alpium Iuliarum – CAI, Republic of Slovenia.

The ARCHEOSITES project, was initiated considering the richness of CADSES archaeological heritage and on the other hand considering cultural resources as a key element for territorial development and a crucial factor for the elaboration of common spatial development strategies. This approach is in line with the recent development of the "economy of culture", showing that cultural heritage can become the major focus for qualified socio-economic development.

The Project therefore has the main objective of promoting the introduction and diffusion of an integrated approach within the policies for cultural heritage enhancement of CADSES space, associating the enhancement of the archaeological resources with the improvement of the connections among resources and territory and among them and local economy. This means both the development of wide partnerships among actors (at different levels and including public-private partnership) and a more effective integration of cultural development programmes within regional and local development strategies and programmes. Moreover, a wider understanding of the large potential of cultural resources is necessary: to this scope awareness raising actions are important, oriented both to the involved actors and to the large public. Finally, a better qualification of human resources can be envisaged to acquire the skills and know-how necessary to manage integrated plans and programmes for the comprehensive management of archaeological resources. Both training activities and exchange of experiences need therefore to be considered as a fundamental part for the successful outcome of the project.

Target groups of the Project are: archaeological site managers; responsible for the protection, conservation, enhancement of cultural resources; planners; economic and social actors and cultural operators. The Project develops a logically connected series of activities: planning activities, for the definition of common methodologies and tools for the programming of the enhancement of archaeological resources; networking activities among site managers and public bodies operating within the cooperation space; pilot projects; staff exchange, exchange of experiences; awareness raising and dissemination.

information about the project and news letter : www.archeosites.info

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