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05/10/2017
PROMETEUS doesn’t just target administrators and policy makers, we also try to integrate local stakeholders
Type: Project
12/12/2019
12 good practices have been selected in the frame of the ECO-CICLE project. The Cycling Plan of Andalusia comes from Seville in Andalusia.
Type: Project
04/04/2017 - 06/04/2017
The City of Warsaw will host Resolve Peer Review and PMG 3
Type: Project
11/11/2016
Presentation given on the structure, purpose and potential arising from the project, followed by a group discussion.
Type: Project
30/06/2020
Join the webinar on the topic of cycling tourism on 30 June from 14:00 to 15:30 PM CEST and explore how to combine health aspects with the tourism industry.
Type: Platform
15/11/2016
Presentation given on the structure, purpose and potential arising from the HERICOAST project, followed by a group discussion.
Type: Project
06/12/2016
Presentation given on the structure, purpose and potential arising from the project, followed by a group discussion
Type: Project
20/10/2020 - 22/10/2020
The three-day online event will focus on "Tourism products and marketing".
Type: Project
27/11/2018 - 28/11/2018
Silver Economy Expo is the BtoB trade show that brings together all the major players of the senior citizen industry.
Type: Project
Project summary What is Innocastle? Mostly located in rural and remote areas, historic castles, manors and estates (HCME) have the potential to stimulate rural and regional development and innovation. However, this requires a shift of paradigm in governance and support. By developing new policy instruments to unlock these assets, HCME could act as drivers for job creation, better education, improving life quality and reducing social inequalities. The partnership of Innocastle consists of four European regions, each addressing one policy instrument: The National Institute of Heritage in Romania, the Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, University College Ghent in Belgium and the Provincial Government of Badajoz in Spain.  National Trust from the UK will act as knowledge partner throughout the process and support all partners in remodeling their policies.  What does that mean in practice? In phase 1 (June 2018 - November 2020), the partners first compared the situations between each region and learned from each other. Afterwards, four partners developed local action plans to improve targeted policy instruments in each region. The main deliverables of the process are: 1. A joint baseline survey on existing policies and practices. Consult it here.  2. Study visits to each of the partner organisations, including a themed seminar and opportunity for peer review. Read about the visits so far in Romania, Wales, Gelderland, Badajoz and Flanders.  3. Fifteen transferable and inspiring good practices have been identified, which could serve other policymakers across Europe - read the Innocastle good practices here.  4. The development of four regional action plans together with local actors to improve particular policy instruments, using the data collected. Read here the Local Action Plans proposed for the regions of Badajoz (ES), Flanders (BE), Gelderland (NL) and Romania. In phase 2 (December 2020 - November 2022), all partners will monitor that the actions proposed in the Local Action Plans are implemented in each region. Anticipated results INNOCASTLE seeks to demonstrate the importance of partnership in the sustainable revitalisation and future-proofing of heritage sites. It will alert policymakers to the need for effective funding to enable heritage sites to become self-sufficient.  INNOCASTLE will also highlight our shared European identity. The project will use interregional cooperation to develop new policies for heritage across four partner regions (Gelderland, Extremadura, Flanders and Romania).  Each has a different emphasis, but each will work towards improving the long-term sustainable development of HCME through 4 specific objectives: GOVERNANCE AND PARTNERSHIPS - Innocastle increases collaboration between all levels of governance (local, regional, national, European), between expert fields (heritage, tourism, leisure, landscape, nature) and between sectors (public, private, research and society) in order to help HCME to flourish.FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS - Innocastle generates know how on meaningful, integrated and durable transformation of HCME and sustainable business models. Available resources need to be used more efficiently.PROMOTION AND VISIBILITY - Innocastle develops know-how for local and regional actors to better promote and facilitate HCME through storytelling, cultural routes and product development.DISSEMINATION AND CONTINUATION - Innocastle opens a European-wide discussion about the current and future role of HCME in our society, as an important testimony of our shared European identity. €1,163,346.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Program 2014-­2020 / Investment Priority 5.1 ­ Preservation, protection, promotion and development of the cultural heritage and identity. The Regional Operational Program (ROP) 2014-2020 in Romania will be tackled by the National Institute of Heritage.Specifically, investment priority 5.1 of the ROP refers to the “preservation, protection, promotion and development of the cultural heritage and identity”, with the objectives to stimulate the local economy by improving the overall condition of heritage sites in Romania. As such, this priority can finance the restoration and touristic promotion of built heritage.The practice has shown that the ROP guides could be improved in order to better correlate with other related domains and current issues found in the field. Specifically: More detailed inquiries by central and regional authorities are needed to better reflect the realities in the field.Systems to collect and monitor data of public interest regarding heritage need to be put together to offer a complete overview.It is essential that regional programs reflect the complexity of architectural heritage that can only be properly conserved when brought in relation with its context, which often includes natural, movable and immaterial heritage.Like all other policy instruments that are part of Innocastle, also Priority 5.1 needs to be more correlated to other regional development strategies which include or affect cultural heritage, reflect stakeholders’ needs and to develop comprehensive evaluation criteria for the economic impact on local communities. Which partners are working on this? National Institute for Heritage Onroerend Erfgoeddecreet (Decree on Immovable Heritage) The Decree on Immovable Heritage is an overall decree on monuments and landscapes elaborated by the Flemish Government. The Decree addresses the working instruments to protect and to manage immovable heritage in Flanders, such as: Scientific inventories of important heritage can be set legally;Four protection statutes support the heritage values of sites: instruments to manage heritage, permits to change immaterial heritage, premiums to conserve immaterial heritage and subsidies for an additional structural support. The Belgian partner in Innocastle, University College Ghent will further investigate the degree from the perspective of historic castles, manors and estates to find improvement points within Innocastle. Several ideas are already identified:  Historic castles, manors and estates which are listed on the inventory of architectural heritage get specific restrictions which can limit their possibilities for developmentThe complexity and exhaustiveness of the regulations discourage owners to take initiatives to preserve, transform or exploit their monuments.The current subsidies are inadequate for a sustainable preservation.Heritage legislation often coincides with other (sectoral) legislations regarding nature, spatial planning, tourism and others.Heritage policy mainly focuses on identification, assessment and conservation. There is nearly no attention or expertise for the dynamics of the transformation of castles, manors and estates.The heritage policy in practice solely aims at listed or protected heritage. Non-listed heritage sites do not get the opportunity to work on development instruments such as management plans within this decree. Which partners are working on this? University College Ghent Programa Operativo de Extremadura, Operational Programme for Extremadura objective 6.3.1 The Extremadura Operational Programme has allocated EUR 2 billion euro of funding with the aim to stimulate economic growth and strengthen the civil society in the Extremadura region. One of the investment objectives addressed (6.3.1) is to boost protection, promotion and development of cultural heritage. The main objective of this instrument is the valorization of cultural and natural heritage resources of the region. The creation of cultural heritage itineraries focused on castles and fortifications that are located mainly in rural areas with a great natural value (including their physical or virtual recreation) is a priority for the promotion of sustainable tourism in the region and the improvement of the economic development of isolated rural areas. The operational programme has several issues at implementation level due to different factors. The political situation at a national and regional level, delays in information and approval of budgets, the limitation of resources, the necessity of new solutions for adequate exploitation of castles and fortifications (both public and private). INNOCASTLE will address a clear necessity in the region of Extremadura, the correct valorization and sustainable exploitation of the local cultural heritage. Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Badajoz Beleidsprogramma Cultuur en Erfgoed (Policy Program Culture and Heritage) The main objective of the Policy Programme “Culture and Heritage” is to enhance the conservation of protected heritage in the province of Gelderland in combination with suitable use and a better experience of the heritage involved. The main goals of this policy programme are: The positioning of heritage as a structural part of spatial plans based on actual informationWell-organised heritage sector in the provinceGood condition of listed monuments, both buildings and gardens, parks, archeological monuments etc.Innovation of the heritage practice, notably on economic significance, sustainability, skills and financing. Owners of castles manors and estates in the Province of Gelderland, especially private ones, come forward with questions on economic viability, sustainability and financing the necessary measures. At the same time, municipalities in the region are increasingly seeking the support of the province on applying the legislation and other rules on this important body of heritage. The Province ofGelderland aims to investigate possible changes in the policy so that the needs of owners and municipalities could be met.  Which partners are working on this? Province of Gelderland Sign up for the Innocastle newsletter Subscribe now Local Action Plan Flanders The first Local Action Plans have been validated. Read here the plan for Flanders proposing a cross-sectoral and participative approach to rural estates. Read the Local Action Plan for Flanders Local Action Plan Romania Romania proposes the improvement of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2021 - 2027 and the National Restoration Plan of Historic Monuments. Read the Local Action Plan for Romania Local Action Plan Gelderland The Province of Gelderland proposes an ambitious plan targeting climate change, regional tourism and spatial fragmentation. Read the Local Action Plan for Gelderland Local Action Plan Badajoz Diputacion de Badajoz proposes four actions and a pilot aimed at improving the ERDF Operational Program (2014-2020 and 2021-2027) in the region of Extremadura. Read the Local Action Plan for Badajoz (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Innocastle Tweets by Innocastle Latest News See all project news 03/06/2021 Read the Innocastle Baseline Survey in Spanish Read an in-depth analysis of the current situation of rural estates in the region of Badajoz in Spanish. Type: Project 26/04/2021 Local Action Plan Badajoz, Spain - Approved The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the Diputacion de Badajoz, Spain have been approved. Read more about their contents here... Type: Project 18/03/2021 Local Action Plan Gelderland, NL - Approved The Local Action Plan proposed by the Province of Gelderland, Netherlands, proposes an area-based approach to rural estates. Type: Project 16/03/2021 Local Action Plan & Pilot Action Romania - Approved The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the National Institute for Heritage Romania have been approved. Read more about their contents here Type: Project 11/03/2021 Local Action Plan Flanders, Belgium - Approved The Local Action Plan proposed by Hogeschool Gent for the region of Flanders introduces a participatory, cross-sector approach to rural estates. Type: Project 22/02/2021 Learning Report Study Visit Flanders The learning report of the online study visit to Flanders was published. Read about the local challenges, proposed interventions and some good practices. Type: Project 27/11/2020 More Resilient, Post-Pandemic Heritage Interviews with partners gave insights into the project impact as well as the future of heritage. Type: Project 03/11/2020 Online Study Visit to Flanders Originally planned to take place in May 2020, a study visit to Flanders was organised online in several parts. Type: Project 14/10/2020 Resilient Heritage, Cohesive Society Webinar Together with FINCH and SHARE projects, and OMC chair Innocastle organized a webinar on best practices for resilient heritage and cohesive society. Type: Project 25/09/2020 The Innocastle Mid-term Conference The Innocastle Mid-term Conference took place online on the 24th of September 2020. It addressed the topic of Country House adaptation during COVID-19. Type: Project