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RURITAGE: Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies

RURITAGE is a 4-year EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme. RURITAGE establishes a new heritage-led rural regeneration approach, transforming rural areas into laboratories for sustainable development, building on the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential.

Duration: June 2018 - May 2022 (4 years)

Partners: RURITAGE brings together 38 partners from 18 countries (Italy, Spain, Austria, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Finland, Poland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Colombia)
 Ambition: We foster a new paradigm for rural regeneration based on Cultural and Natural Heritage, making a culture a driver for sustainable development, contributing to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability in rural areas.
 Systemic Innovations & Cross-cutting Themes: RURITAGE identifies 6 Systemic Innovation Areas (SIA) and 11 Cross-cutting Themes transversal which represent the ways in which cultural heritage acts as driver for rural regeneration and its economic, social and environmental development.
6 Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs):

  1. Pilgrimage,
  2. Sustainable Local Food Production,
  3. Migration,
  4. Art and festivals,
  5. Resilience,
  6. Integrated Landscape management
11 Cross-cutting Themes transversal:

  1. Business models and investment strategies,
  2. Governance and regulatory framework,
  3. Legal aspects and land tenure,
  4. Technological innovation,
  5. Social innovation,
  6. Environment and climate change,
  7. Cultural Ecosystem Services,
  8. Mental wellbeing,
  9. Tourism and Marketing strategies,
  10. Cultural and natural heritage safeguarding, appreciation and interpretation,
  11. Mobility and accessibility of the areas
 Map: Through the analysis of 13 selected Role Models in Europe and beyond, RURITAGE will support the co-creation and implementation of heritage-led regeneration strategies in 6 Replicators, involving local stakeholders in the formulation of the strategies, ensuring a collective approach in the management, responsibility and ownership of Cultural and Natural Heritage.

13 Role Models (In yellow on the map)

  1. Camino de Santiago (Spain),
  2. MARIA-UT (Romania),
  3. Preserving old traditions for innovating agro-food production in Apulia (Italy),
  4. Coffee production in World Heritage landscape (Colombia),
  5. Migrants hospitality and integration in Asti Province (Italy),
  6. Boosting migrant integration with nature in Lesvos Island (Greece),
  7. Discovering contemporary art and nature in Haute Provence (France),
  8. The Living Village of the Middle Age Visegrad (Hungary),
  9. Teaching culture for learning resilience in Crete (Greece),
  10. Natural hazards as intangible Cultural and Natural Heritage for human resilience in South Iceland (Iceland),
  11. A Cultural and Natural Heritage-led approach in Austratt mamorial landscape (Norway),
  12. Duoro cultural landscape, driver for economic and social development (Spain),
  13. Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland),
6 Replicators (in green on the map)

  1. Old traditions & modern world along the pilgrimage route to Hemmaberg (Austria & Slovenia),
  2. A brand for discovering local food products and traditions in Rogaland (Norway),
  3. Working for Cultural and Natural Heritage as a way for migrants’ integration in Geo-N (Germany),
  4. Festival of love – arts connecting heritage and tradition (Slovenia),
  5. Social innovation & local traditions to react after a disaster in Marche region (Italy),
  6. Integrated Management of Madra Geopark in Gediz-Bakircay Basins (Turkey),
This web page has been prepared in the framework of the European project RURITAGE – Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No776465.
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