PERICLES Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in European coastal and maritime regions
European maritime and coastal regions are at the crossroads of connections and movement of diverse peoples and cultures. These coastal zones are also historically rich with unique land-seascapes, tangible artefacts, and intangible cultural heritage. Realising the potential of CH in these terms can generate prosperity, bring new jobs and improve environments in ways comparable to Blue Growth initiatives. Yet, costal and maritime heritage is at risk through diverse drivers, such as climate change, non-CH sensitive economic and spatial development like mass tourism.
Culture and heritage are imperatives for the development of any society. CH is therefore intimately tied with notions of space, place and identity. With calls for growth in different economic sectors, it is important for the project to make an explicit connection between the value of CH, the risks it faces and the benefits to developing a framework for its preservation to safeguard its enjoyment for future generations.
OUR SEA, OUR HERITAGE is filmed during the Pericles first stakeholder knowledge exchange workshop held in April 2019 in Texel, Den Helder, The Netherlands. The rationale for the workshop was to share experiences of management of Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage (CMCH) in the case regions of the Pericles projects. In total, 10 invited guest stakeholders participated in the workshop along with project partners and two members of the PERICLES Science-Impact Advisory Committee.