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Council of Europe Cultural Routes Summer Seminar - follow up!

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The Lead Partner of the project ATRIUM participated in the first Council of Europe Cultural Routes Seminar which was held in Strasbourg from 3 to 7 September 2012. The Seminar was organized by the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and the European Institute of Cultural Routes in the framework of a Council of Europe/European Commission Joint Programme.

The seminar was designed for representatives of cultural routes of the Council of Europe and managers on new projects. The aim was to work together on optimising cultural routes' capacities to build and manage cultural routes and to develop new tools for creating, maintaining and communicating them. The 50 participants included the managers of the 24 Council of Europe's cultural routes and managers of routes seeking the Council's certification, as well as the experts on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism authors of the chapters of the manual on cultural routes management, which will be completed with the inputs received during the seminar.

The main conclusion of the seminar are:

  1. The representatives of the cultural routes agreed that the seminar should become an annual fixture, which could be hosted by routes themselves;
  2. The handbook for cultural routes design and management: participants underline the need for the book to be an extremely practical and comprehensive stee-by-step guide;
  3. The seminar helped the team working on the programme to progress towards a better definition of the collaboration and governance strategies of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes. A possible membership charter was discussed, and as a first step, the idea of designating a representative of the routes who could participate as an observer in the meetings of the Governing Board and Member states, subject to their acceptation, was approved. Explanations were given about new programme management concepts as well as performance and evaluation methods;
  4. Some routes already implement social, economic and environmental management practices which include fostering sustainability, others, while their whole project is based on sustainable principles, have yet to organize their approach. Closer interaction will be proposed between routes in order to share good practices and to coordinate sustainability measures for all the cultural routes.


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Official web page of Ministry of the environment and spatial planning of Republic of Slovenia

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